BIO Aside from music, Chino, under the management of Hollywood talent manager Stacey Castro (who is also Executive Producer of his long awaited 2006 release Poison Pen) also forged a career in acting, appearing in several films and making guest appearances on the Comedy Central series Reno 911! and the CBS series CSI: Miami. He has starred in films alongside Kate Hudson, Luke Wilson, and Rob Reiner and had a solo project debut at Robert Redford's Sundance Film Festival.
After co-founding the duo Art of Origin, the emcee was signed at age 16 by music impresario Rick Rubin to Rubin's American Records imprint, which was once part of the Warner Bros. Records family. He released his debut album Here to Save You All in 1996. The debut was released to critical acclaim and major airplay by radio and MTV.
Following Prince's departure from Warner, Chino was released by the label as well, and he released his sophomore album I Told You So in 2001, and his third album Poison Pen in 2006. In 2007, Chino signed a contract with urban Latin record label and Universal imprint Machete Music. In 2009 during a controversial interview with Allhiphop.com writer Han O'Connor, Chino revealed that his fifth studio album The RICANstruction is to be released in Spring 2010. The album will be released via his own joint venture CPR/Universal and will feature the likes of Immortal Technique, Tech N9ne, Ras Kass, Crooked I and Bun B. The RICANstruction will also feature an unreleased collaboration with D12's Proof and a song with Big Pun. The album will be executive produced by Focus and also feature production from DJ Khalil.