Posted 17 December 2006 by Justin Russo | |
Last week, Snoop Dogg said West Coast artists shouldn’t hate on each other. Apparently the Game agrees.
“Us on the West Coast, we are the biggest and worst enemies of our own self,” Game said. In last week’s Mixtape Monday, Snoop called for Game and Ras Kass to make peace. “Every time somebody from the West rises — I think Snoop will tell you the same thing — [some other West Coast artists] will try to hate you down. You just gotta keep your head up, man. … A lot of these guys are cats I tried to help. You gotta help yourself more than I can help you. I don’t think they understand that. But I got love for all my West Coast MCs, anybody from the West Coast. I am the West Coast.”
Game says at one time, he too had a little hate in his blood and sparked off a feud with Xzibit. The beef officially ended a few months ago when X-to-da-Z recorded a verse for the Game’s collaboration with Snoop, “California Vacation.”
“I brought the track to Snoop and said, ‘This joint is a West Coast joint,’ ” Game said of how the song materialized. “I said I didn’t want to do it if it’s not 100 percent what it used to be. He said, ‘Fo sho, nephew.’ He laid it down.
“I took it back to the studio, I was gonna finish the third verse,” he continued. “Xzibit walks through the door. … Nose snarling, I turned into a pit bull when I saw Xzibit. There was some friction between me and Xzibit, and it was by me — me being a disrespectful West Coast artist. I said some things about Xzibit, he said some things back through the media. There was always hatred. I had that West Coast hatred. I was telling you about some of these young guys who have hate, but I shook it fast. [X] reached out his hand, I reached out mine. I told him I had this West Coast verse, played me and Snoop’s verse, he blew a little something, wrote a little something, and it is what it is: ‘California Vacation.’ West Coast unity.” …
Posted 20 November 2006 by Justin Russo | |
Xzibit will hit Playstation’s and Xbox 360’s this holiday season as the main character in Activision’s newest game Pimp My Ride.
The game is based on the hit television show of the same name, which features the rapper/actor transforming old, beat-up cars into lavish, exotic, luxury vehicles.
Users navigate through the fictional Pimp City, with a timed goal of besting a rival shop that is working on similar, tricked out ride.
Other features include open racing through the streets of Pimp City and a mini-game called “Ghost Whip The Ride,” that allows gamers character to dance next to their moving pimped out ride.
Pimp My Ride the game is slated to hit stores in time for the holiday season.
Posted 03 November 2006 by Justin Russo | |
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Posted 23 October 2006 by Justin Russo | |
The four-man collective known as Strong Arm Steady is now a trio.
Rapper Xzibit has officially left the group, which is now comprised of fellow emcees Krondon, Phil Da Agony and Mitchy Slick.
“I’m not in Strong Arm Steady anymore,” Xzibit told AllHipHop.com. “They actually signed the deal without me and went over to Blacksmith. It’s Krondon, Phil Da Agony and Mitchy Slick. It was a decision that they made and they felt it was in their best interests to go that route.”
The group, which also includes extended family members Will Blast, Chace Infinite & DJ Khalil (Self Scientific), Planet Asia and DJ Truly OdD, is expected to put out its debut album Arms and Hammers under Talib Kweli’s Blacksmith Music Corporation in 2007.
Known as a staple on the West Coast rap scene, Strong Arm Steady earned fans through the release of mixtapes like D-Bo Vol.1 & 2, True Crime: Streets Of L.A., LA Ballin’ 2004, Hulk Steady, Green Up and others.
The rapper didn’t reveal his reasons for departing the group and representatives for the group did not respond to requests for comment.
Xzibit, who serves as host of MTV’s successful series Pimp My Ride, is continuing his recording career, having recently released a new album titled Full Circle.
The album, which hit stores last week, features guest appearances from Kurupt, DJ Quik, Too Short, The Game and others.
Xzibit also also continues to build an impressive résumé with a series of high-profile acting roles.
While he has been featured in movies like Full Clip, 8 Mile, XXX: State of the Union, Derailed and Hoodwinked, the rapper said his latest effort, Gridiron Gang, was his most challenging part to date.
The movie, which also stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, costars Xzibit as a probation officer and assistant-football coach of a Los Angeles juvenile detention center football team.
“Gridiron Gang was my first costarring role that I felt comfortable enough to go with something that was totally opposite [of] Hip-Hop,” Xzibit said. “I play a probation officer and a football coach, and I do neither. “
The rapper’s choice to take on a more difficult role proved to be the right decision, as the movie raked in an over $15 million in ticket sales and topped the box-office upon hitting movie theaters in mid-September.
While he enjoys starring in action-oriented movies, Xzibit said he wants to prove that he can have a long lasting career as a serious actor.
“Every n***a wants to blow some s**t up,” Xzibit said of his love for action movies. “In XXX: State of the Union, I got to blow a hole in the side of the f***in’ Capitol Building with a tank—come on, man! In Derailed with Jennifer Anniston and Clive Owen, I get to smack around America’s sweetheart with a god**ned Desert Eagle and I got a check! I’ve got a lot of respect for the craft and I read a lot, so I know what to look for. I just wanted to take baby steps so I didn’t jump into something that I wasn’t ready for.”
Posted 21 October 2006 by Justin Russo | |
Bitter about Sony and the label’s handling of his career, Xzibit split from the major and went indie, taking his Open Bar imprint and himself to Koch. In 2006, there are plenty of other major-label rappers in exile at Koch, but few of them have exploited the freedom of indie life as well as Xzibit. With a wide range of topics being covered and former Bomb Squad member Keith Shocklee’s name in the credits, Full Circle is an uncompromised album in the classic hip-hop style, with Xzibit eager to get back to business on his own terms.
There’s a reference to his job as the host of Pimp My Ride, but there’s no ridiculous capitalizing on it and the guest list doesn’t pander to who’s on top. Hot superstar the Game is on here, but like most of the other choices, he’s hard West Coast and fits in perfectly with folks like Daz, Kurupt, and DJ Quik. Surrounded by like-minded artists, Xzibit sounds more comfortable than he has in a long time.
Comfortable enough to deliver “Thank You,” an ambitious, sincere, and moving thank-you to his fans that lays out the emotions and doubts in an honest and vulnerable way few other rappers would attempt, fearing they’d get those “gone soft” accusations. Xzibit is fearlessly mature elsewhere, with “Black & Brown” calling for unity between the young people of those colors, because the way he sees it, if a kid’s out on the streets rioting, he “ain’t learnin’ sh*t about math and science.” “Family Values” finds the rapper outgrowing hoes (“Do you have anything to offer me besides some ass”), but if you want that visceral, N.W.A type of anger, “Ram Part Division” is hard to the core, with the rapper taking on the cops and their ultimate power (“And if you try to come back with a civil suit/I sit back and watch my system take a sh*t on you”).
The worthy single “Concentrate” represents the less heavy side of the album, and a couple misogynist and downright sleazy moments show Xzibit hasn’t clamped down entirely or forgotten how to have irresponsible fun. The wise-ass moments are dispensed perfectly among the wise ones, the hooks and engaging productions are plentiful, and his words paint a vivid picture, be it of booty or revolution.
It’s strange that the title Full Circle implies the man has returned to square one, because this is grown man’s business and just what veteran, enlightened thugs should sound like.
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