Chino XL
Chino XL

Birth name

Derek Keith Barbosa


8 April 1974
The Bronx, New York, United States


New Jersey, United States


Hip hop



Years active



American Recordings (1994-1997)
Warner Bros. (1997-2000)
Metro Records (2001)
Up Above Records (2006)
Activate Entertainment (2006)
Viper Records (2012)

Associated acts

Art of Origin, Playalitical

Derek Keith Barbosa (born 4 April 1974), better known by his stage name Chino XL, is an American rapper from New Jersey. He began his career as a member of the duo Art of Origin and released two singles that were distributed through Rick Rubin's American Recordings label. The group disbanded in 1994, but Chino XL stayed on American to release his debut album, Here to Save You All, in 1996. 

Barbosa was released from his contract with American when it switched distributors from Warner Bros. Records to Columbia in 1997. Warner Bros. then resigned Chino XL, but his 1999 sophomore album was delayed numerous times, and he eventually left the label. The album was later released as I Told You So on Metro Records in 2001. His third album, 2006's Poison Pen, was only ever released officially as a promotional version. In 2008, he released a collaborative album with rapper Playalitical titled Something Sacred. His fourth solo album, Ricanstruction: The Black Rosary, was released in 2012.


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