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Full Circle

Xzibit

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Album Review

Bitter about Sony and the label's handling of his career, Xzibit split from the major and went indie, taking his Open Bar imprint and himself to Koch. In 2006, there are plenty of other major-label rappers in exile at Koch, but few of them have exploited the freedom of indie life as well as Xzibit. With a wide range of topics being covered and former Bomb Squad member Keith Shocklee's name in the credits, Full Circle is an uncompromised album in the classic hip-hop style, with Xzibit eager to get back to business on his own terms. There's a reference to his job as the host of Pimp My Ride, but there's no ridiculous capitalizing on it and the guest list doesn't pander to who's on top. Hot superstar the Game is on here, but like most of the other choices, he's hard West Coast and fits in perfectly with folks like Daz, Kurupt, and DJ Quik. Surrounded by like-minded artists, Xzibit sounds more comfortable than he has in a long time. Comfortable enough to deliver "Thank You," an ambitious, sincere, and moving thank-you to his fans that lays out the emotions and doubts in an honest and vulnerable way few other rappers would attempt, fearing they'd get those "gone soft" accusations. Xzibit is fearlessly mature elsewhere, with "Black & Brown" calling for unity between the young people of those colors, because the way he sees it, if a kid's out on the streets rioting, he "ain't learnin' sh*t about math and science." "Family Values" finds the rapper outgrowing hoes ("Do you have anything to offer me besides some ass"), but if you want that visceral, N.W.A type of anger, "Ram Part Division" is hard to the core, with the rapper taking on the cops and their ultimate power ("And if you try to come back with a civil suit/I sit back and watch my system take a sh*t on you"). The worthy single "Concentrate" represents the less heavy side of the album, and a couple misogynist and downright sleazy moments show Xzibit hasn't clamped down entirely or forgotten how to have irresponsible fun. The wise-ass moments are dispensed perfectly among the wise ones, the hooks and engaging productions are plentiful, and his words paint a vivid picture, be it of booty or revolution. It's strange that the title Full Circle implies the man has returned to square one, because this is grown man's business and just what veteran, enlightened thugs should sound like.

Customer Reviews

Excellent

I have to admit, I only like a couple songs on this album. But these songs are so different from what rap is today that it is pleasantly refreshing. "Thank You", is an unbelievable song, and if you want to see something incredible, YouTube his performance of it on Letterman. "Black and Brown," is another offbeat but excellent song featured a laid back flow from X about the state of blacks and puertoricans in society. I feel these two songs alone give us hope that rap is heading back into the right direction

Bangin'

I'm glad XZibit stays true to himself. This album is good, definitely better sounding than the album from Diddy. Diddy is more focused on his money than writing real Hip-Hop. X is HipHop to the bone.

MTV ain't change him

Don't get it twisted, even though Xzibit is makin movies and TV shows, he still shows how to make bangin music. I like everything he puts out

Biography

Born: September 18, 1974 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Before becoming one of the West Coast's most illustrious MCs at the end of the 1990s, and later a TV celebrity, Xzibit was a promising underground rapper. Born Alvin Nathaniel Joiner on September 18, 1974, in Detroit, MI, Xzibit began his rap career was part of the Likwit Crew, a loose-knit collective of California rappers including King T, Defari, and Tha Alkaholiks. Early on, he was featured on "Free Style Ghetto," a song on King T's IV Life (1994), and subsequently appeared on "Hit and Run," a...
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