Chino XL - I Told You So
I Told You So is Chino XL's second time around with a full-length album. His debut effort, although not entirely successful nevertheless distinguished him as a bonafide lyrical talent. On this sophomore release Chino XL certainly proves that he is lyrically proficient, but not without many bumps along the way.
Listeners who are impressed with good metaphors and witty punch lines will definitely take to Chino's rhyme style. On the title track, accented with synthesizer and electronic bleeping effects, Chino spits "I leave rappers confused like homeless cats on house arrest." 'That Would Be Me' finds Chino in full battle mode with lines like "I run with killers that spend more time in the pen than ink." The upbeat 'Chino XL' has probably the greatest number of one-liners on the album with rhymes such as "that album you drop, I ain't feelin' it/ I wouldn't buy your record if it had a hundred dollar bill in it."