Chino XL Offers Fans Instrumentals, Record Deal

Rapper Chino XL

is offering aspiring rappers a chance to be heard, courtesy of his forthcoming

album, Poison Pen.

Activate, the rapper’s

label, and Foundation Chi are sponsoring a contest, which allows fans to write

and add their own verses to an interactive mix of one of four bonus tracks on

the album.

Participants have

within 90 days of the album’s street date to submit the track to the label,

whose address with additional instructions will be included in the CD package.

The winner, who

will be chosen by Chino XL himself, will be announced at the Pro-Am B-Boy finals

in Las Vegas.

Activate will also

release the winner's song.

Poison Pen

will contain 16 tracks in addition to other bonus tracks, an enhanced music

video and a special link to Chino’s lyrics.

The third bonus

track includes an acapella track of Chino’s vocal on the song "All

I Wanna Do(Bout Nuthin)."

Poison Pen

will also be packaged in a special silver metallic foil cover and include a

second DJ mix disc of the album with commentary by Chino and LA Radio Power

106 FM DJ/Beat Junkies member Mr. Choc.

Autographed copies

of the album signed by the rapper will be available in the limited initial edition.

Poison Pen,

which features Killah Priest, Psycho Les of the Beatnuts and D-12 member Proof,

hits stores Mar. 21 and will also be available on I-Tunes and mail order through

Activate’s e-commerce site,