Chino XL "Jesus" (1996)
Chino was "fuck the world" - but not in the nihilistic way that helped Eminem blow up. His aggression was more in tearing down idols ("weight of the world on my shoulders like Aretha Franklin's ankles"), not out of malice, but pure creativity. Which is why you always paid attention to a Chino XL cut...few MC's could match his inventive metaphors.
One hip-hop nerd argument that doesn't happen enough is "best Chino XL cut". I'd nominate "Jesus" (and "Nunca", from 2001's "I Told You So"). As far as I know, this one was promo-only, the b-side to "Rise", a solid but unspectacular cut. This one rocks a beat worthy of ill rhymes (once you get past the long intro), and one of the more memorable moments he produces on a cut:
After ripping the first verse and breezing through the chorus, Chino asks producer Kutmasta Kurt to drop an old beat so he can reminisce. He immediately begins to drop the opening bars to "Ain't No Half-Steppin":
Rappers steppin' to me, they wanna get some
But I'm X-L, so yo - you know the outcome
Another victory, keep that gun in your holster
My rhymes are off the wall like my Big Daddy Kane poster
Who's gonna diss Big Daddy Kane while borrowing some of his own lyrics from "Ain't No Half-Steppin"? Only Chino XL.
Includes clean, original, and instrumental; "Ghetto Vampire" radio; and "Rise" (Long version, Short version, instrumental, and acapella).