Xzibit Finishing Up New LP With Minimal Help From Dre

Restless follow-up Man vs. Machine due September 3.

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

right track."

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").