- LP Record (April 9 1996)
- Format: Import
- Label: Warner Bros / Wea
- ASIN: B000002M9N
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
|1. Here to Save You All|
|3. No Complex|
|4. Partner to Swing|
|5. It's All Bad|
|6. Freestyle Rhymes|
|7. Riiiot! - Chino XL, Ras Kass|
|8. Waiting to Exhale - Chino XL,|
|9. What Am I?|
|10. Feelin' Evil Again|
|13. Many Different Ways|
|14. Shabba-Doo Conspiracy - Chino XL, Kool Keith|
|15. Ghetto Vampire|
The weak link in Here To Save You All, Chino's debut solo album, is no doubt its flat beats and rote backing tracks. Except for the swinging "Feelin' Evil Again" and stirring "Rise," there's a dullness that keeps the album a notch away from great hip-hop. Chino does his part, however, to keep the craft of the MC alive. With relentless, lightning-fast delivery he drops pop culture references like a ghetto Dennis Miller, naming everyone from Eazy E and LaMaze to Donna Karan and Pearl Jam with witty, outrageous insight.
Into the jokes he mixes substance whether he's tackling status and materialism in rap ("No Complex") or the identity crisis of growing up half-black/half-Puerto Rican in a white neighborhood ("What I Am?"). Then, where most rappers make empty claims authenticity, Chino lets his imagination take control. He recounts lives and loves he's never had ("It's All Bad" and "Kreep"), then muses over fallen angels ("Ghetto Vampire") and the afterlife ("Rise"). Part monologuist, part short story author, Chino is an uncommon reminder of all a rapper can be. --Roni Sarig
Favorite Track: Riiiot with Ras Kass
10 of 10 lyrics 9 of 10 beats
if you are to purchase a hip hop cd with real lyrics- please try this one or Canibus new cd "mic club".
p.s. download that freestyle that chino xl disses Tupac. whewwww!
p.s.s. lyrics- 5 stars...production 3 1/2 stars.