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After seven years and three albums you'd think you know someone. You'd figure you've been checking his rhymes and diving deep into his flow, and would have some insight into his mind.

One would think, but when it comes to Xzibit, one would be dead wrong. That's because on his fourth album MAN VS. MACHINE (Loud/Columbia), the West Coast warrior blows the lid off preconceptions of what an Xzibit release should and can sound like.

Featuring production from heavyweights like Ric Rock, Bink, Rockwilder, Erick Sermon, DJ Premier and Dr Dre, who also served as Executive Producer, and boasting cameos from the Golden State Project (aka Ras Kass, Sincere, and Saafir), Snoop Dogg, Dre, Anthony Hamilton, M.O.P., Nate Dogg, and Eminem, MAN VS. MACHINE is Xzibit's assault ratcheted up several notches. Tough, smart, focused, bass-blessed, funkdafied, and full-out hardcore, MAN VS. MACHINE is not only a side of Xzibit that he's never exposed, it's also the hottest album of his career.

The title is a signal that Xzibit has something new up his sleeve. "MAN VS. MACHINE embodies what I think struggle is, "Xzibit explains". My personal life and what the industry expects of me and what I want to do. "Machine" seemed the best word because it represents everything I go up against and struggle with, as an artist and a man. There's a tremendous amount of growth on this album, because if you don't show growth you run the risk of losing momentum and after the success of “Restless” (2000), I didn't want to do that. So this time, I experimented. I have a soul song. A song that uses opera. I just got real personal, because I can't rap about the same shit I did when I was 18. I'm trying to grow with my audience."

The creativity that can rise out of growth and struggle is evident in the way Xzibit has divided the album up into both "Man" and "Machine" elements. The "Man" side gives Xzibit an opportunity to lace fans with hard-hitting beats and close-to-the-bone sentiment. When asked why he waited so long to showcase this more introspective aspect of his persona, Xzibit is honest: "Because it was important for me to hold back until I had the audience's attention. There's nothing worse then saying something important and not being heard. After the success I've enjoyed I knew that I had the support to give fans a glimpse of what makes me tick."

Xzibit's growth is heard on tracks like the soul drenched "Gambler" (produced by Bink), featuring vocalist Anthony Hamilton and the emotional "Missin' U," produced by Ric Rock and featuring Andre Wilson. "Missin' U" speaks about the death of Xzibit's mother and the choices he had to make. "I was so young when my mother passed and I know my life could have had me on either some destroyed shit or made me stronger. Thank God, it made me stronger."

Another facet of the "Man" side is the rugged "Release Date." Produced by Rockwilder, "Release Date" breaks down the gritty day-to-day realities of a man serving a five year bid in the California prison system. Like "Missing You," "Release Date" was drawn from reality, taking its inspiration from Xzibit's brother who has been incarcerated for ten years. And speaking of "the man," "What A Mess" teams Xzibit up with the legendary D.J. Premier. A perfect blend of Xzibit's rough and ready rhymes and Primo's deep grooves, "What A Mess" is another indication of Xzibit's maturity. "This was the first time I’d travelled to the East and worked with producers there," Xzibit says. "They embraced me what I was trying to do and it was all lovely since everyone came together and complimented each other."

The "Machine" makes its presence felt on cuts like "Symphony in X Major." Featuring Dre, the track, laughs Xzibit, is "Crazy! It's gonna fuck people up!"
Equally bananas is the up-tempo and bouncy "Break Yourself" and "Harder," which gives Xzibit's group Golden State a chance to shine. As one might expect from a Who's Who of Los Angelinos talent "Harder" is pure Cali chaos and seriously off the hook.

After doing time as an unsigned hero of the LA underground, Xzibit got his first taste of mass appeal when, in 1995, he toured with Likwit Crew, an ad hoc group that included Tha Liks, Defari and King Tee. The following year Xzibit signed to Loud Records and released “At the Speed of Life” which gave folks access to his uncut artistry and mic technique. His sophomore CD “40 Dayz and 40 Nightz” followed in '98 while the video for the single "What You See Is What You Get" held the #1 position 6 weeks consecutively on BET's "Rap City," breaking the network's record. Xzibit followed that up with an attention grabbing cameo on Snoop Dogg's "B Please," and the Dr Dre-produced track helped take Xzibit to the next level.

That level was “Restless” (2000). Yet another project with Dre, the RIAA platinum-certified “Restless” would become the biggest selling CD of Xzibit's career and the video for the explosive single "X" became a staple on both BET and MTV. X


Main Releases
Full Circle 2006
Weapons Of Mass Destruction 2004
Weapons Of Mass... [CD & DVD] [PA] [Limited]... 2004
Muthaf*cker 2004
Muthaf*cker (xplicit) 2004
Man Vs. Machine 2002
Blues from the Heart 2000
We Won't Change 2000
Let the Truth Be Told 2000
Restless 2000
40 Dayz & 40 Nightz 1998
At The Speed Of Life 1996

Rollin'/Black and Brown 2006
Hey Now (Mean Muggin) 2004
Producers/You Make the Heat 2000
Everybody Dance, Vol. 3 1998

Fredwreck's Greatest Hits Episode 1 2008
XXL Mix Tapes: Killafornia Handgunner V.1 - Mitchy Slick 2006
The Source Presents Fat Tape - Volume 1 2006
X Games 2006
XXX: State Of The Union 2005
Unity: The Offical Athens 2004 Olympic Games Album 2004
City 2 City 2004
8 Mile 2002
Chronic Jointz - Da Hitz Vol. 1 2002
Blazin' Hip Hop And R&B 2002
The Source Presents Hip Hop Hits Vol. 5 2001
Bones 2001
Bones 2001
The Source Hip Hop Music Awards 2001 2001
The Wash 2001
Loud Rocks 2000
Next Up: Rap's New Generation 2000
Hip Hop Decade: Raza Unida 2000
Black And White 2000
Louder Than Ever Vol. 1 2000
Nuthin' But A Gangsta Party 2000
ABB Records Presents: Always Bigger And Better Vol. 1 2000
Celebrity Deathmatch 1999
Duke Nukem: Music to Score By 1999
Southern Rollers: Big Gamin' 1999
The Temple Of Hip-Hop Kulture:Criminal Justice,Darkness to Light1999
40 Dayz & 40 Nightz [Clean] 1998
Beats & Lyrics 1998
Hurricane Streets 1997
Soul in the Hole 1997

Snoop Dogg Presents Tha Eastsidaz, Snoop Dogg 2006
Car Show Tour, Funkmaster Flex 2005
The Way I Am, Knoc-Turn'Al 2004
Just Tryin' Ta Live, Devin The Dude 2002
L.A. Confidential Presents... , Knoc-Turn'Al 2002
Built From Scratch, The X-Ecutioners 2002
Jealous Ones Still Envy, Fat Joe 2001
That Was Then, This Is Now Vols. 1 & 2, Frost 2001
Dat Whoopty Woop , Soopafly 2001
Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey, Kurupt 2001
Bang Or Ball, Mack 10 2001
Music & Me , Nate Dogg 2001
Dillinger & Young Gotti, Tha Dogg Pound 2001
X.O. Experience, Tha Alkaholiks 2001
Tha Last Meal, Snoop Dogg 2000
Train Of Thought, Reflection Eternal 2000
Don't Sleep, DJ Hurricane 2000
G.O.A.T: The Greatest Of All Time, LL Cool J 2000
The Paper Route, Mack 10 2000
Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump, De La Soul 2000
The Marshall Mathers LP, Eminem 2000
Tha Eastsidaz, Snoop Dogg 2000
Def Squad Presents Erick Onasis, Erick Onasis 2000
Personal Business, Bad Azz 2000
Rap Life, Tash 1999
Tha Streetz Iz A Mutha, Kurupt 1999
Top Dogg, Snoop Dogg 1999
No Limit Top Dogg, Snoop Dogg 1999