Man vs. Machine sounds more like the name of a painting than an
album, but what do you expect from a rapper by the name of Xzibit?
The lyrical artist will unveil his latest work on September 3, his
spokesperson said Wednesday.
As on 2000’s breakthrough Restless, fellow West Coast native Dr. Dre
will serve as executive producer — not that X needs him.
“He actually didn’t really need that much of my involvement, because he
hustles,” Dre said recently. “Xzibit is not one of those that needs to be
baby-sitted. He knows how to be an artist, [how to] go out there and get his
album done. I come in and do my touches or do what I feel is needed to the
songs, and that’s that.”
Dre and his famous protégés, Snoop Dogg and Eminem, will
appear on the album, along with Ras Kass and Defari from Xzibit’s side gig,
the Golden State Project. The rapper has also said in the past that
Rockwilder, Megahertz, Bink Dog, Mel-Man and Rick Rock are producing tracks,
although his spokesperson could not confirm which artists and producers will
make it onto the release.
Finished material has been kept under wraps to avoid bootlegging, though one
person who has heard a majority of it speaks highly of the songs.
“I’m feeling it so far,” Dre said. “Each record has to get better and
better, and this one, I feel, is better than the last one, so he’s on the
Xzibit will debut some new tracks when he hits the road in late July on the
Anger Management Tour (see “Eminem, Papa
Roach Line Up Anger Management Dates” ).
Since the release of Restless, X has been, well, restless, touring
constantly and contributing his aggressive vocals to a range of albums, from
the X-ecutioners (see “Linkin Park,
Xzibit, Big Pun Turn Up On X-ecutioners’ Latest” ) to Fat Joe (see
“Fat Joe LP Features Busta, Ludacris, R.
Kelly, Ja Rule” ) to D.O.C. (see “Ice Cube, Xzibit Join Gangsta-Rap Vet The D.O.C. On Latest Solo LP” ).