Singled Out: "My Daughter Is A Cancer Survivor"
Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 2:05PM
[SOHH highlights a hot record each Tuesday and offers a unique look at the track in Singled Out. After Ice Cube cooled off his "Come & Get It" NFL Pepsi anthem, fellow Oakland Raiders fan Chino XL explains his "Father's Day" track.]
I would probably say my record "Father's Day" stands out the most for me.
My daughter is a cancer survivor and dealing with that whole thing or dealing with what she was going through, I realized how many other people are going through the same types of situations in their families and cancer is real thing. There's so many people having to deal with that kind of crisis.
I think that definitely, produced by Apollo Brown, that stands out a lot for me.
I felt like the technology needed to be out there. There's a system that I read about before, it says that God drops ideas down from heaven like marbles and then people catch it. And then the people who catch it and are able to put it from their mind into a medium, the reason it happens is because the world needs that technology at a certain time.
There's just certain songs that I feel like I need to get out there.
I've got a song called "Little Man" that was really a Minutiae for what can go wrong if a younger person doesn't have a mentor. You're going from thinking he's a little strange to not thinking about him because you don't want to deal with him and then him shooting up the schools.
Some of these things you can drop them and I feel like it's bigger than me and you have to put it out there. You write these things and there's people that need to hear it.
Every night before I go on stage, I have this prayer where I say if I could only inspire one person in this crowd to go out and do great things, then I've done my job. It really is that.
You get in front of crowds and thinking you're getting all of this reaction but it's someone out there that really needs to hear it right at that moment.
When it comes to lyricism, few rappers have done as much for the craft as Chino XL. During the last 20 years, the Los Angeles-based rapper has redefined what it means to be a supreme wordsmith. He's created hit singles, released revered albums, collaborated with some of the most popular artists in all of music, delivered memorable roles in film and television, written for television and remained a fixture on the touring circuit.
Check out Chino XL performing "Father's Day":