Xzibit- Full Circle

October 21st, 2006

After dropping two underground gems in the form of debut album ‘At The Speed Of Life’ and follow up ‘40 Days & 40 Nights’, Xzibit launched into the mainstream with the Dr. Dre led ‘Restless’ gaining him higher sales and exposure than ever before. Then came some film roles and MTV’s ‘Pimp My Ride’ series, alongside gigs presenting award shows which made X to the Z a household name.

Sony Music let Xzibit down on the promotional side of things, making the next two albums ‘Man V Machine’ and ‘Weapons Of Mass Destruction’ pretty low key affairs, although contrary to popular belief, X never fell off and the material was as strong as anything he’s ever done, albeit a little more mainstream orientated. Pissed at the way Sony handled business, Xzibit jumped ship to Koch Records to put out this, ‘Full Circle’ on his own Open Bar Records imprint.

This latest effort is easily one of his best in recent years, impressively justifying the album title. Xzibit has indeed, done a full lap of the track in terms of starting out underground, gaining huge commercial success and then returning to his roots a little, with these more personal and politically orientated tracks, reminiscent of early gems ‘What You See Is What You Get’ and ‘Papparazzi’.

At times the production is a little suspect, although the lyrics and their delivery is always on point. ‘Ram Part Division’ is a story telling track in the persona of a corrupt police officer. ‘Scandalous Bitches’ is another tale, this time about an immoral chick. ‘On Bail’ is the key crew track, featuring The Game, Daz and Kurupt, whom all drop heavy verses. ‘Concentrate’ has one of those really stripped down beats similar to Busta Rhymes’ ‘Touch It’. Whilst later tracks like the dramatic ‘The Whole World’ and ‘Poppin Off’ featuring DJ Quick & King T are also real enjoyable, it’s the outstanding and moving ‘Thank You’ which steals the show, and proves X is as thoughtful, humble and on point as he’s ever been.