Chino XL
Here to Save You All


3.0
good

Review

by somberlain USER (64 Reviews)
January 28th, 2010 | 21 replies | 5,790 views


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An incredible lyrical display that is let down by the production.

At the young age of sixteen, Chino XL was signed by super-producer Rick Rubin to his label American Records and “Here to Save You All” is a great showcase for Chino’s amazing lyrics but unfortunately there aren’t many memorable beats on the album, so Chino has to carry the show mostly on his own with guests on only three tracks.

Years before Eminem claimed “I Just Don’t Give A ***,” and became known for taking aim at popular celebrities, Chino XL’s debut was practically an encyclopedia of hilarious and scathing pop culture references. Unlike Eminem, Chino proved that he truly didn’t give a ***, after all who else would spit a line like “Government engineered like ebola for this rap garage sale by this industry, I'm trying not to get ***ed like 2Pac in jail” or “Punchlines with more elasticity than Biggie's stretch marks?” Dissing two of the top rappers at the time (when both were still alive) was unimaginable. While Eminem’s targets were safer and picked more carefully: Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, N’Sync, but Chino would say anything about anyone just to get his point across.

“Riiiot” features a guest spot by Ras Kass and perhaps it is fitting because much like Chino, Ras Kass is a highly respected lyricist who only occasionally creates great tracks but has also hamstrung by awful production. Another guest spot is by fellow un-commercial rapper Kool Keith on "The Shabba-Doo Conspiracy," if you know anything about crazy-ass Kool Keith, nothing he says should surprise you but “camouflage tampax?” Simple production doesn’t necessarily equal bad production, there are many great hip hop beats that are simple but that’s not the case on this album, the beats here are simple AND bad. The only producer of note here is KutMasta Kurt who contributes the beat for “Deliver,” while it’s not terrible, it’s also nothing special, just drums with some barely audible strings sample. The bluesy horns for “Kreep” make it the highlight of the album, it really gives it an appropriately somber feel because on this track Chino spins a tale about an ex-lover while borrowing the hook from Radiohead’s song of the same name.

Chino’s lyricism is nearly unparalleled in the hip hop world but his punch-line laden raps are pretty hilarious and entertaining. He uses his skills mostly to diss everyone in sight and to exalt himself however he proves effect at telling stories as shown on “Kreep” and “What Am I,” the latter dealing with his identity crisis concerning his half-black half-Puerto Rican heritage. Although “Kreep” got him some airplay, Chino would never get to much recognition because of his tendency to say whatever about whoever: “Avoid battling me like I’m Eazy-E’s blood sample” and “My company is ***ing me like Arsenio does Eddie Murphy,” needless to say, that wasn’t going to make him very many friends.

When an album is as lyrically dense as “Here to Save You All,” it’s good to have simple production so you can concentrate on the almost impenetrable lyrics but when it’s this bad, it’s also distracting. It makes you wonder what this lyrical phenom could do with even decent production. This album contains 61(!) tracks but 17-59 are blank, track 60 is just a minute and a half of tasteless OJ Simpson jokes, way to go out with a bang Chino.

Recommended tracks:
Kreep
What Am I?
Ghetto Vampire



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somberlain
January 28th 2010



2121 Comments


yeah because I don't review enough obscure albums

hydeyomoney
January 28th 2010



934 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This guy and Ras Kass rule on the mic, so it's depressing to hear their beats.

somberlain
January 28th 2010



2121 Comments


haha! yeah I think we can add Canibus to that list?

hydeyomoney
January 28th 2010



934 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Canibus is probably the worst of the three, but sure why not.

Canibus is half amazing/half bullshit, gibberish, although that one album he did with the Stoupe of Jedi Mind Tricks is actually pretty damn good.

somberlain
January 28th 2010



2121 Comments


I agree he's the worst of the 3 but he's another good lyricist who has terrible production

Bulldog
January 29th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Your best review to date dude. Help yourself to a pos.

somberlain
January 29th 2010



2121 Comments


thx bulldog
dunno if you've heard any of Chino's songs, he's a beast lyrically but doesn't make many great tracks

Bulldog
January 29th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

No, I haven't but I heard about him through Rhapsody under "lyrical rap." And while I love lyrics, you GOTTA have good production to go with this, so I might not check it out.

However, one thing. You're really good in your descriptive abilities - you know your stuff. Just write more confidently so you can persuade people better.

somberlain
January 29th 2010



2121 Comments


I know and I try to do that, it's just hard to persuade people to listen to THIS! haha
I love Chino XL, he has some unbelievable moments but as a whole, this is a pretty average album

Bulldog
January 29th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Well, not persuading someone to necessarily listen to something, but convince them YOU'RE right, no matter whether it's a 5/5 or a 0.5/5. If you'd like me to proof your next review, you can email me or something.

somberlain
January 29th 2010



2121 Comments


oh I see what you're saying.
that would be great, we'll work something out, does your offer apply to my non-hip hop reviews as well?

Bulldog
January 29th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Yes, but be forewarned, I wouldn't be able to assist in editing musical descriptions, because I know nothing of non-rap stuff. But I could still edit grammar, etc. So yea.

somberlain
January 29th 2010



2121 Comments


If I had to recommend 1 Chino song it would be "Wordsmith" from Poison Pen, just jaw-dropping lyricism

hydeyomoney
January 29th 2010



934 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

the album after this for Chino actually isn't so bad.

you'd give it a 3.5 i think.

Casablanca
January 29th 2010



262 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Well actually i have read that Canibus is working on Rip The Jacker 2
should be sick..if Stoupe is on board again!

P.S. You have to add Ghetto Vampire to the best track list..I mean c'mon. A rap detailing events from Genesis, fall of Lucifer to the descend of vampires..How can you not eat it up? Even the beat matched the track for once!

somberlain
January 29th 2010



2121 Comments


You're right Casablanca, I changed it.
nice dig btw

Bulldog
January 30th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

this is pretty cool, the beats werent TOO bad. great lyrics though.

somberlain
January 31st 2010



2121 Comments


cool that you checked this out bulldog I'll be reviewing more of Chino's stuff soon

isaitrejo
February 3rd 2010



1 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The track "Water" is amazing. I can't believe it didn't make it. I'll send it to anybody who requests it.

Mista666
July 5th 2010



41 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

nothing is wrong with the beats ! listen to an album properly before you review it ffs , best rap album with pop culture references and craaaaaaaaazy ass metaphors that you cant find else where and unstoppable name dropping , something like : "I show more blind rage
Than Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles wrestling in a steel cage" ! CLASSIC, GO GET IT QUICK



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