El De Menace, the black John McClane, and the water-proof Emcee would have been one hell of a super group. Ras Kass was lyrically murdering cats, Saafir was an emcee’s emcee, and Xzibit had the voice and charisma. What would have happened would have been epic, however, Priority Records……….We can only sit back and wonder what could have happened? Would it have been enough for Xzibit’s Open Bar record label to gain some ground and influence? Would it have affected his career at MTV with “Pimp my Ride”? Who knows, recently the 3 joined up at Rock The Bells for a blast from the past. Xzibit’s “Picture yourself crushing Xzibit with your tough talk, that’s like Christopher Reeves doing the crip walk” still holds up well with time, if you ask me.
“Plastic Surgery” – From Xzibit’s debut album 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz
“N.B.A. Showtime” – Supposed to be on Ras Kass’ Van Gogh,then on Golden Chyld production by Rockwilder, features a sample from the NBA on NBC theme song, which had shut down the groups use of the name Golden State Warriors, causing them to change it to The Golden State Project
“Bounce, Rock, Golden State” – From the Training Day soundtrack
At times, people have accused X to the Z of being less than generous with the homies. He grew up in the Likwit Crew, so on his new album, Napalm, he puts some of that junk to rest, bringing along The Liks and King Tee on a Doctor Dre produced cut dedicated to what the crew does best….DRANK!
DOWNLOAD : XZIBIT – LOUIS XIII [FEAT LIKWIT CREW]
Bob James “Nautilus” has been sampled numerous times in Hip Hop music. Run DMC, Slick Rick, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Ghostface Killah, Tribe Called Quest, and many more have tried their hand at it. In 98, when Xzibit released his sophomore album 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz, it featured the stand out tracks “3 Card Molly” which featured the Golden State Warriors (Saafir & Ras Kass) and “LA times”. However, for me the highlight of the album came on song number 16, featuring, a much younger, Montage One and produced by A Kid Named Roots the Bob james flip was simple but the way X and Montage rhymed over it gave it an eerie yet beautiful feel. Speaking on the pitfalls of growing up a youth in Los Angeles the track just moved me. I was much more open to listening to tracks which were personal and spoke with a message than the usual jiggly BS…. I remember I just kept skipping back to the beginning as soon as it was done, I don’t think I listened to anything else for a week or so.
The dysfunctional member of the Likwit Crew……..off the album At The Speed Of Life classic west coast album that people sleep on….not me though…I still rock it on a regular basis
RZA, Tech N9ne, Eminem, Xzibit, Pharoahe Monch, Kool G Rap, KRS One, Jayo Felony & Chino XL…rappity rap rap rap….They all brought it, though I could have done without Jayo….but it’s all good..Damn I miss the Wake Up Show, I can remember my first visit up to the show and while it was a shadow of it’s former self, it was still dope to be able to sit in with Sway, Tech, Carmelita and Revolution…..Hip Hop Legends without a doubt
Remixes can be one of the best things to happen to a song, it can also be one of the worst. This happens to be something of the first kind. “Work The Angles” was simply ill……so the Re-mixed it and chose to “Rework The Angles” and and enlist the help of Likwit Crew members Xzibit & Defari as well as DITC vet, AG……..the end result is a remix that dwarfs the original in my humble opinion….
The second single from Mr X to the Z’s debt album featured a hard to believe sample of Billy Joel’s “The Stranger”. Joel, not one for clearing people to sample his music changed his tune once he heard the subject matter of the song. Xzibit dedicated the track to his son, who was 2 at the time.