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on 14 October 2012
Xzibit became one of the more recognizable names associated with the rise of Aftermath Records due to his stellar feature verses and his solidly composed albums, including my personal favorite, Restless. How we got from that point to now, however, is somewhat difficult to navigate. We know that somewhere after his follow-up album, Man Vs Machine, and before Weapons of Mass Destruction, the union between Xzibit and Dr. Dre was unfortunately severed. We also know that Xzibit went on to become a nationally recognized celebrity due to his movie cameos, which stemmed from his success on MTV's "Pimp My Ride." We also know that X has been in and out of the news for a few things, from tax issues to suspended driver's licenses.

Regardless of the over-inflated drama, on the music front it's been almost six years to the day since his last solo release (Full Circle: released October 17th, 2006). That's not evident when you press play on Napalm, as Xzibit hasn't lost a step. Some people are just born to do music, and Xzibit is one of those people; combining his ear for production with his lyrical ability and well-timed features, Napalm is yet another dope drop that proves yet again that X is indeed one of the best from the West to do it.

With an album being in development and delayed as long as this one seemed to be, you would think some of the music would be dated. Aside from the title track, "Napalm" (which was spotted earlier on Travis Barker's Let The Drummer Get Wicked mixtape), it sounds like vintage X all over again. His aggressive flow easily powers through the already-dominant, West Coast influenced production, and he even tailors his flow to glide over the mellow tracks in the play-through, such as "Forever A G", which features Wiz Khalifa.

The surprising aspect of the album comes in with the perfectly-timed placement of powerful tracks. "1983" is by far one of the highlights of the entire project. Featuring the monologue of his mother, Trena Joiner, Xzibit speaks candidly about his feelings concerning his family, "Pimp My Ride", his falling out with Paul Rosenberg of Aftermath, his presumed perception through the eyes of Eminem, and more. Xzibit drops another powerful song later in the tracklisting with "Meaning Of Life", as he recruits Retired Staff Sergeant Shilo Harris to tell his story about being a victim of a roadside bomb. Using his words as the backdrop, Xzibit goes on a rampage, addressing everything from abusive fathers to the ideals of conformity.

That's not to say there aren't other highlights, because that would be misleading. Napalm is packed with good music, from the feel good track "Enjoy The Night" (featuring Wiz Khalifa, David Banner, and Brevi), to the Konvict Muzik-produced posse track with Game, Slim The Mobster, and Crooked I that has Xzibit rhyming in feature film titles ("Movies"), to the disturbingly chilling "Killer's Remorse" with Bishop Lamont, B-Real, and Demrick, there's almost too much to talk about in detail.

The bottom line is that Xzibit's had time to sit on this project and refine it, and it's come out as incredible as the tracklisting reads. Napalm is a dope album, and contains some singles that're sure to remind people why Xzibit was an Aftermath flagpole in the first place. There's indeed some incredible music out right now, but you'd be robbing yourself of quality if you overlooked this one.

Don't sleep.
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on 26 February 2013
It has good songs like Came to Kill ft Sticky Fingaz, State of Hip Hop, Up out the Way ft E40 & Crooked i, Louis XII ft King T & Killers Remorse ft Bishop Lamont but overall It Doesnt go as Hard as Man vs Machine or Weapons of Mass Destruction, those were the good ol dayz, No Whiz Khalifa, Just Eminem & Nate Dogg[Say my Name,Dont Approach me, Multiply etc etc] but anyways i give this 4 out of 5
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 23 December 2012
Here are a List of Mr X to the Z's history; for those who know of him, but do not know all his work YET!

At the Speed of Life (1996)
40 Dayz & 40 Nightz (1998)
Restless (2000) - This was his breakthrough album. (Got him rich) and his best to date!
Man vs. Machine (2002)
Weapons of Mass Destruction (2004)
Full Circle (2006)
Napalm (2012)

All the above albums are superb in my Humble points of view.. He gets more credit in the USA for his work.

(a lot more).

Now Xzibit, is a Rapper with an ego like most Rappers, only his EGO is NOT quite as Big as 50 CENT or Rick Ross. etc.

I have followed this guy from 1999 when I heard " 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz" which is fabulous and can be bought on Amazon UK cheaply

NEW or 2nd Hand, if you so wish, all in very good condition (I might add).

I just want to say regarding his new masterpiece, is not far away from his best work, but deffo not as hungry as his best work, as

he is "Cake Tinned", he has already made his money with Rap, and also MTV, which helped boost his likeable personality.

I just want to say to Xzibit fans please buy this CD without any concerns, because its great, then to all the NEWBIES please

Start off with this one, and if you like it come back for more of the same from other LP's + other Xzibit Masterpieces here on Amazon.

I just would like to Say Xzibit should get more credit for his work over here, but I cannot remember the last time he had a tour over

here if ever??? please leave a comment, in the comment box, with a link to any times he has toured in the UK. Just out off curiosity.

cheers! Mr X to the Z. is Back; and is a personal friend of Eminem, as they both worked together on the "Dr.DRE Up and Smoke Tour 2001".

I will leave you guys to have a listen to this album for 30sec each track in the MP3 section.. David.

PS. You can BUY the Dr Dre Up and Smoke tour 2001, on DVD, for buttons. Here on Amazon, Features Snoop, Dre, Ice, including Eminem is

rapping Live. Thanks for reading, David. link below to DVD with Xzibit on it.!

£4.99 (Bargain) http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Up-Smoke-Tour-DVD/dp/B0024ODWPK/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1356310133&sr=1-1-catcorr
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on 24 December 2012
Very good album in my opinion with a good variety of guest artists and some bangin' tunes. Forever A G is utterly brilliant!
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