Xzibit is no stranger to dropping bombs. Since his 1996 debut At the Speed of Light Mr. X-to-the-Z has stood as a formidable rap warrior, dropping a new album every two years like clockwork, but after his 2006 effort Full Circle, the Los Angeles spitter went on a six-year hiatus.
Now, Xzibit is back with his seventh solo album, Napalm, a much-needed return to the raw, uncut hip-hop the former “Pimp My Ride” host used to hang his hat on. “I know Napalm seems like a military-themed album, but what it is, is just the backdrop and the imagery that we used,” X explained his album title to MTV News in Cali on Sunday while taking a break from shooting the video to the title track.
“The themes on the album deal with personal issues, it deals with music issues, it deals with the bravado, it deals with the party aspect,” he explained. “It has all the elements of what is embodied in me right now. The maturity of the artist as well as the man comes across in the record, so I’m very proud of it.”
The LP features Game, Wiz Khalifa, Prodigy, Crooked I, as well as West coast vets like King Tee and Tha Alkaholiks on the Dr. Dre -produced “Louis XIII,” but there is one collaboration that Xzibit is particularly proud of. For Napalm’s first single “Up Out the Way,” X hooked up with Bay-area rap legend E-40 for the first time in his 16-year career.
“I’ve always had a lot of respect for E-40. I’ve never had the chance to work with him, but it was incredible because Rick Rock gave me the beat [and] I heard his voice on it,” X said of the riot-starting track. “We used it as the first single ’cause it’s dope.”
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