8.5/10 - Great,
This review is from: Napalm [Explicit] (Audio CD)
After six years Xzibit is back with his seventh studio album. All I have to say is wow! This dude didn't come back with just another album, this man came back with force. When I originally saw the tracklist I wasn't really sure what to expect. There were a lot of guests, a little more than I would have liked, and they were all pretty random. You have the always terrible Wiz Khalifa, the Bay Area legend E-40, Bishop Lamont, Game, B-real, Crooked I, and more. However, even with the many guests cluttered across these songs, this album still sounds like a proper Xzibit album.
Now after a six year hiatus it's crazy to expect him to be perfect, so I wasn't surprised that lyrically he fumbled a couple of times on this project. The most notable being on track two "Everything": "Make that money stack higher than giraffe p***y." Thankfully these minor annoyances are few and far between on here, so it doesn't really bring down the album too much.
What this album does extremely well is balance out the personal/positive material with the heavy hitting West Coast bangers and the party-ish songs. After over a decade and a half Mr. X-to the-Z still manages to send chills down my spine with songs like "1983" and then makes me want to stomp someone out with songs like "I Came To Kill." The only song I really could have done without on here is "Enjoy The Night." It isn't terrible, but at the same time it winds up being the weakest cut on the album.
Another positive note is the diversity in the production. Some songs sound like classic Xzibit material, while others sound like they were made for the guest artist. "Forever a G" sounds like it was made for Wiz and "Up Out the Way" sounds like it was made for E-40. Still, these songs still feel like they have a proper place on here. The song that surprised me the most sonically has to be the title track. There's a strong heavy rock influence on the beat, but Xzibit rides it perfectly. Plus, there's some slight hints of dubstep in the beat too. I can't even explain in words how crazy that song is.
The album does contain some bonus tracks too. The first is a remix of "1983." It isn't anything spectacular. The beat is slightly altered and it sounds like X's lyrics might have been sped up a little bit. Overall it's not something you need to hear. The others are nice and continue with the normal flow of the album. The only minor complaint is that the volume for "Crazy" sounds slightly lower than the rest of the songs on here. I was really surprised he didn't get "Highest Form of Understanding" as a bonus track, but oh well.
Standout Songs: "State of Hip Hop vs. Xzibit," "Forever a G (Feat. Wiz Khalifa)," "1983 (Feat. Trena Joiner)" & "Killer's Remorse (Feat. Bishop Lamont, B-Real & Demrick)"
Overall Score: 8.5/10 - After the long wait I have to say that Xzibit did not disappoint with this. If you're a fan or Xzibit or good West Coast Hip Hop than I would suggest you check this out. It really is a great album with a lot of diversity.