Chino XL
Poison Pen


4.0
excellent

Review

by somberlain USER (64 Reviews)
March 24th, 2010 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “I’m not arrogant I just know that I’m the sh*t.”

Have you ever heard an MC whose beats just don’t match his flow? Whether it’s Canibus spitting ferociously over a lame-ass beat by done by some nobody producer or Guru from Gangstarr rhyming lazily over one of DJ Premier’s awesome tracks when either of theses situations happens, it’s extremely frustrating. Add Chino XL to the latter category, one of the best lyricists who has been saddled with bad production his entire career and on his third album, not much has changed but he does get a few good beats that make for some of the best moments in his career.

So what do you do when you can’t find a producer to create a good beat for you? Have someone do a full scale hijacking of a good beat like Puffy used to do. The title track opens the album taking the beat from Potshead’s ‘Humming’ over which Chino spins an imaginative tale about how he writes things down before they happen with his ‘Poison Pen,’ it’s a great beat but doesn’t fit this song very well. ‘Messiah’ is done over some awesome classical strings that highlight Chino’s typically amazing lyrics including the hook:

And I'm not arrogant
I just know that I'm the sh*t
You f*ck around with me and you'll get pistol-whipped
by God's instrument, Chino is the lyrical messiah


The track that is the best example of any hype that Chino has received is ‘Wordsmith’ where he spits mind-numbing rhymes taking two o three similar phrases or words and rhyming them together in an incredible fashion, you need to read the lyrics to fully appreciate the greatness of this track but here’s an example “To sum it up, language is my essence, f*cked up in all my adolescence 'til my moms was out of lessons.” The beat, made out of a classic piano is adequate if unspectacular but ‘Wordsmith’ truly is the highlight of Chino’s career. Else where, Chino is joined by the late Proof from D12 who also produces the beat on ‘Our Time’ and by Killah Priest on ‘Beastin’ they both make solid appearances.

Chino has a knack more making touching, heart-felt songs on every one of his albums, on Poison Pen it’s the deeply personal ‘Can’t Change Me’ where he takes about how a woman can’t change him and says “Only thing men and women agree on is never to trust a woman.”

Although not as full of punchlines as his previous albums, Poison Pen is probably Chino’s best album, he can rip a track with the best of them and although he has been perpetually confined to the underground, he still spits with tremendous passion, as he says on ‘B-Boy intro’ “It still raises hairs on the back of our neck when I hear a rapper rip straight from his heart for the respect, not the size of a check” and Chino XL is one of the few rappers who still has the power to do that.

Recommended tracks:
Wordsmith
Messiah
Can't Change Me



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somberlain
March 24th 2010


2121 Comments


His best songs are on this album

Inveigh
March 24th 2010


25210 Comments


sweet review man, I've been meaning to check this guy out ever since a friend of mine played me one of his mixtapes a couple years ago. sounds like this would be a good place to start

Digging: Nero Di Marte - Derivae

somberlain
March 24th 2010


2121 Comments


DL 'Wordsmith' and "Messiah' awesome tracks! def the best place to start

Urinetrouble
March 24th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rapper who has awesome beats,flows and lyrics but just doesnt match up:
lone ninja

i rank the guy so highly but quite a bit of the time the beats dont match his voice

somberlain
March 24th 2010


2121 Comments


I checked Lone Ninja cause of you weedbeater, he's good but has no regard for the beats!

Urinetrouble
March 24th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agreed. burnt sector had better production than the twin perils album i reviewed. i think he could just project a little more emotion into his voice thats all

Bulldog
March 24th 2010


3796 Comments


good review dude. i liked chino a little bit more than you last time, so ill definitely like this. need to check this out.

and urgh, have to do a review sometime soon now. need to do my gorillaz review, and my roc boys review sometime soon...

*sigh*

Mars Blackmon
March 24th 2010


351 Comments


Good review pos'd

I remember long ago telling myself I was never gonna listen to Chino because he dissed Pac. Oh how naive I was back then

Bulldog
March 24th 2010


3796 Comments


I wonder what Chino XL would say about Lil B.

somberlain
March 24th 2010


2121 Comments


@ Bulldog
you're not gonna do ANOTHER Plastic Beach review are you?

Bulldog
March 24th 2010


3796 Comments


Yes I am. I have to do one for school newspaper, so I might as well post it on Sputnik as well.

Urinetrouble
March 24th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

plastic beach niggaz

somberlain
March 24th 2010


2121 Comments


just saying cause there seems to be a new one every day

Urinetrouble
March 24th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

there were 2 yesterday which was funny. the albums gotten quite popular. its a bit of a grower album. murdoc said in a recent interview that gorillaz mght have enough energy for a 4th album

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 24th 2010


31634 Comments


Hey look, a pos

Digging: Theo Parrish - American Intelligence

Bulldog
March 24th 2010


3796 Comments


MOAR GORILLAZ NAO.

MOAR GORILLAZ REVIEWZ

MOAR MOAR MOAR!!!1!

Urinetrouble
March 24th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i transition your ambitions to superstitions eat my pissin while im makin repetitive dissins i put you into submission

somethin i made up as im holding a rap battle at my work between various rappers

Bulldog
March 25th 2010


3796 Comments


That's a pretty fancy album cover there, Chino XL.



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