Lionel Pickens (born December 3, 1983) better known by his stage name Chinx Drugz or simply Chinx, is an American rapper from Far Rockaway, Queens, New York. He is a member of French Montana's Coke Boys group and record label, which also consists of Cheeze, Flip, and Lil Durk. He is best known for his appearances on the Coke Boys mixtapes and the Cocaine Riot mixtape series.
2000-2010: Beginnings and Hurry Up and Die series:
When speaking of how he started rapping Chinx Drugz said, "I started rapping at the table in junior high school for fun with the homies and then by 9th grade is when I started taking music seriously. At that point is when I started investing my street money into my studio time and trying to find my sound." He said he got the name "Chinx Drugz", "since I used to smoke a lot of weed back in the day, and this older chick used to call me chinkey and it stuck, the drugz well that's self explanatory, I been slangin on these corners." He first started rapping with his close friend Stack Bundles while he was in high school, who he would later form the group Riot Squad with, along with local rappers Bynoe and Cau2Gs. However, he would be incarcerated shortly after, and Stack Bundles along with rapper Max B joined Jim Jones' group Byrd Gang. He then met fellow New York rapper French Montana through Max B in 2009, who he would form the hip hop group, Coke Boys with.
On April 13, 2009, Drugz released his first solo mixtape, Hurry Up and Die: Get Ya Casket On. He followed that with From the Cage to the Stage (Hurry Up & Die 2) on January 7, 2010. Drugz then released the third mixtape in that series, Hurry Up & Die Vol. 3 on April 13, 2010.
2011-2012: Coke Boys and Cocaine Riot 1 & 2:
On March 15, 2011, Drugz released his fourth official mixtape Flight 2011, which was entirely produced by New York producer Harry Fraud. The mixtape featured a sole guest appearance from Coke Boys-cohort French Montana. Then on April 19, 2011, he released his fifth solo mixtape Cocaine Riot, featuring guest appearances from the various members of Coke Boys. On August 20, 2011, Coke Boys released their first official collaboration mixtape Coke Boys 2. The mixtape was primarily produced by Harry Fraud, with additional production from Lex Luger.Coke Boys 2 featured members Drugz, Montana, Cheeze, Flip, and Charlie Rock. Following the Coke Boys 2 release, on September 24, 2011, Drugz and French Montana released a collaboration mixtape named, Coke Boys Run NY.
On April 13, 2012, Coke Boys released their second collaboration mixtape, Coke Boys 3, which significantly featured Montana and Drugz throughout, along with Flip, Cheeze, and Charlie Rock. Additional guest appearances came from Akon, Mac Miller, Rick Ross, Wale, and Red Cafe among others. The mixtape was met with positive reviews from music critics, with the production the focal point of the praise.XXL credited Montana and Drugz as being the stars of the mixtape. On July 3, 2012, Drugz released his sixth solo mixtape Cocaine Riot 2, to positive critical reception with AllHipHop calling it a "classic".Cocaine Riot 2 featured guest appearances from rappers Montana, Action Bronson, Wale, Chevy Woods and Flip, among others.Cocaine Riot 2 featured the significant Montana and Drugz collaboration "I'm A Coke Boy". In 2012 he was featured on Wale's "Let a Nigga Know" and Vado's "You Ain't Good".
2013-present: Cocaine Riot 3 and I'll Take It From Here:
On January 4, 2013, Drugz released the official remix to "I'm A Coke Boy" featuring rappers Rick Ross and Diddy, along with French Montana. The remix would end up being ranked number 43 on Complex's list of the 50 best songs of 2013. Then on April 15, 2013, Drugz released his seventh solo mixtape Cocaine Riot 3, which featured the previously released remix to "I'm A Coke Boy".Cocaine Riot 3 featured additional guest appearances from Ace Hood, Juicy J, Montana, Rick Ross, Yo Gotti, DJ Khaled, Roscoe Dash and Flip, among others. Drugz told MTV that, "When I was making this mixtape, I was just trying to give the people something a little different from my normal. I basically started messing with a couple of different beats, but I kept it real New York. But I just really wanted to give 'em the other side of Chinx that they ain't been hearing in a while." The mixtape closes with "Maybe", a tribute to his deceased childhood friend Stack Bundles. In a positive review XXL stated, "For all its signs of promise, Cpcaine Riot 3 also has some rookie mistakes. There's also an over-reliance on features here that the mixtape could do without. The heavy guest list prevents Cocaine Riot 3 from being a landmark release, and so this mixtape ends up being more of a continuation of what we've already heard from Chinx Drug, rather than a step to the next level. Time will tell if he's up for that challenge."
Less than a week after the release of Cocaine Riot 3, Drugz released the music video for the remix to "I'm A Coke Boy". On May 14, 2013, Drugz released his four previous major solo mixtapes, Flight 411, and the Cocaine Riot series for retail sale on iTunes. He was also featured on Montana's debut studio album, Excuse My French on the deluxe edition track "Throw It in the Bag". Then on May 22, 2013, "Right There" featuring Juicy J and French Montana was released as the first single from Cocaine Riot 3. "Up In Here" featuring Ace Hood would be released as the mixtape's second single on June 11, 2013.
On August 12, 2013, Drugz released the music video for "Up In Here" featuring Ace Hood from Cocaine Riot 3, which was shot in Miami, Florida. That same day, French Montana announced that Coke Boys were working on their debut studio album as a group, along with a third mixtape to be released prior to the album. On October 4, 2013, Chinx Drugz, now just going by "Chinx", announced he would release a EP via NuSense Music Group and Coke Boys Records, executive produced by Rick Steel titled I'll Take It From Here, in November 2013. On October 28, 2013, Chinx released "Feelings" featuring French Montana, the first single from the EP. On November 26, 2013, it would be revealed that Coke Boys would release their fourth mixtape in December 2013. That same day, Chinx released his debut retail project, the previously announced EP I'll Take It from Here. Then he was featured prominently on Coke Boys fourth mixtape, Coke Boys 4 which was released on January 1, 2014. On February 1, 2014, Chinx released the music video for "Feelings".