Posted 16 September 2006 by Justin Russo | |
Notable west coast hip hop artist Xzibit who is not only famous for his rap but also his position on MTV’s Pimp My Ride, has spoken out to defend his craft and chosen profession.
The hip hop artist says “Rap is a reflection of society. If society wasn’t violent, then hip hop wouldn’t be violent.”
The west coast hip hop rapper is known for his keen street knowledge and his ‘realness’ among the hip hop culture. Xzibit added “You can blame hip hop but we’re like reporters; we tell you what’s going on in the neighborhood and we tell you how it is. I don’t think hip-hop should glorify the violence. I think with hip hop music you have to have some kind of balance. When you take someone’s life you’re gonna end up losing yours.”
Xzibit is tired of all the media hip hop pundits taking shots at hip hop over some of the violent lyrics and some of the imagery in hip hop and rap videos.
Xzibit also stated “But we can’t be like Arnold Schwarzenegger; he can kill 70 million people on the screen and still he’s a role model. But when you talk about slapping somebody, or shooting somebody on a rap tape, you are a criminal.”
The west coast rapper Xzibit seems to have ‘hit the nail on the head’, so to speak, and it is good to see that there are some in the hip hop culture who are willing to speak out against the view that mainstream media puts on hip hop.
It’s funny that so many don’t like hip hop culture but they will use us to sell everything from hamburgers to cell phones.
Posted 13 September 2006 by Justin Russo | |
Shooting GRIDIRON GANG in a juvenile delinquents facility made rapper XZIBIT realise how close he came to a life of crime and an early death.
The PIMP MY RIDE star plays an American football coach in the new THE ROCK film and spent weeks thanking his lucky stars that he turned his back on the life many of the delinquents he came into contact with on location had chosen.
He explains, “I was doing dumb s**t, getting caught at state fairs with guns; ridiculous stuff because I didn’t have anything to focus on. “I was angry; my mother had passed when I was nine, my dad got remarried and we moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, which was a culture shock and difficult for me to adjust. “I was acting out and I did end up in these facilities. It was a conscious decision because my father was a Marine and he was going nuts: ‘What’s wrong with you boy?’ “When I left I was 17 and came to California and I started to realise, ‘You know what, I’m smarter than this.’ I realised if I continue going down the path I’m going on I’m gonna end up dead. “It’s easy to fall in line with everyone else but hard to step out on your own.”
Posted 06 September 2006 by Justin Russo | |
‘Pimp My Ride’ host says October LP is ‘like a rebirth.’ Xzibit has pimped his career.
With Full Circle, due October 17, the rapper is six records deep, but he feels brand new. “Not only because the audience is broader,” X explained, referring to his “Pimp My Ride” fans, “but because of the energy. The way that I’m coming out on this record, it feels like a rebirth. A lot of the politics and bullsh– that went behind making so many records in the past don’t exist anymore.”
In other words, Xzibit has cut ties with his former label and gone back to being an indie rapper (with Koch distributing Full Circle).
“I took a strong stand to get away from Sony Records,” X explained, detailing how he believes the label failed to promote his two most recent releases. “I sold 2 million records on Loud, which was one-tenth of the size of Sony [2000's Loud release Restless has been certified platinum by the RIAA]. Going over to Sony, they can only push my records to gold [500,000 shipped]. And I’m not going to sit here and believe it was the music. It was the people behind the music.
“So I refused to put another record on there and that’s where ‘Pimp My Ride,’ film and television and everything came from,” he continued. “I’m going to show you that I can do something else. We had to pull some strings to get off of Sony … so I’m taking this as an opportunity to not let music run me. I run the music. I reorganized, rearranged some things — and man, it is so much better.”
A spokesperson for Columbia Records did not return a request for comment.
As an independent artist, X has never worked harder on an album, but he believes the reward will be much better, creatively and monetarily. “It’s a difference between 15 cents a record or 7 dollars or 8 dollars a record,” he said.
To assist in making Full Circle, Xzibit enlisted Keith Shocklee of the Bomb Squad (Public Enemy, Ice Cube) to co-executive produce, and friends like the Game, DJ Quik, T-Pain, Daz Dillinger, Kurupt, King Tee, Donell Rawlings and Jelly Roll to contribute production or guest spots.
Longtime collaborator Rick Rock produced the first single, “Concentrate,” which samples a Buddhist chant. “It has a lot to do with tranquility, with having peacefulness and everything coming together, moving in one motion,” X said. “I think that was the feel to this whole album. Not to get religious on anybody, but it was a good element to provide for the first single.”
Full Circle is full of classic Xzibit boast tracks, but it also goes in a few more serious directions. On “Black and Brown,” for instance, he addresses the tension between Latinos and African-Americans in Los Angeles, much like Snoop Dogg’s “Vato” does (see “Snoop Reclaims His Old Doggystyle, Goes Gangsta For ‘Vato’ Video”).
“I come to this with some experience, because I had altercations with Latin dudes,” he said. “I could have come with, ‘Man, f— this, we can perpetuate the cycle.’ Or I can sit back and show a different perspective, show a different sign of something that is learned with maturity and learned with some kind of sense about yourself.”
On “Rampart Division,” Xzibit raps from the perspective of police officers working some of L.A.’s most dangerous neighborhoods. “We got to say, ‘F— the police,’ but now we get to hear what the police have to say back to us,” X said. “I actually didn’t even have to do any research, because as crazy as the song sounds, I actually just took real things that happen in the news. It’s not like I’m making it up.
“When the flak comes — ’cause I know you’re all coming — when it actually falls on me, all I got to do is just point out places that it actually happened,” he said.
Posted 01 September 2006 by Justin Russo | |
Hey Xzibit Fans!
In time for Fathers Day (in Australia), ive uncovered a track that was apparently made in 2001, but i think it was never officially released.
Either way, i got my hands on it, its a nice song so check it out. Its attached to this post so get downloading!
MP3 Download: Xzibit – Fathers Day ft. Snoop Dogg
Posted 01 September 2006 by Justin Russo | |
The album cover of Full Circle, Xzibit’s upcoming album due October 17th, has been released along with a new track from the album.
This makes it a total of 4 tracks that have been released from Full Circle.
Click here to check out the album cover and the tracks that have been released.