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Xzibit
Full Circle

xzibit.jpgDuring the course of the past 10 years, Xzibit has seen his career seesaw between purgatory and popularity. While his first two albums moved less than 200,000 copies, X’s later collaborations with Dr. Dre produced 2000’s platinum seller Restless and 2002’s gold disc Man vs Machine. Despite the increase in sales, though, critics felt the lyrical titan had lost some of his luster. Hosting MTV’s Pimp My Ride didn’t help matters much, as 2004’s Weapons of Mass Destruction failed to crack the 300,000 mark. Now back to square one, Mr. X-to-the-Z returns with the aptly titled Full Circle.

Reminiscent of his early work, Full Circle has X skillfully describing the world around him with vivid clarity. A prime example being the DJ Quik–produced “Ram Part Division,” where X adopts a devilish voice to break down the day-to-day life of a corrupt LAPD officer. He then goes from imitator to narrator on “Scandalous Bitches,” as Xzibit raps about a two-faced female who plays house with him and a popular R&B singer. The West Coast representer digs even deeper on “Black & Brown,” where he poignantly addresses the growing tensions between Blacks and Latinos in L.A. (“Now I didn’t come here to point no fingers/I know over the years that the pain still lingers/Over past confrontations/Shit, we all on parole or probation, and fucked up situations”).

While X’s lyrical beast remains intact throughout, his only flaw here is the occasionally spotty production. Primary contributor Jelly Roll is to blame for the scattered synths and organs of “The Whole World,” and Rick Rock’s hollow drums and warped vocal loop on “Concentrate” inspire nothing more than an equally limp hook from X. But he manages to bounce back admirably on the B-Real–assisted “Rollin’,” as he spits, “Escalation, elevation to another plateau/Sometimes you take a few steps back to mentally grow.” Judging by Full Circle, Xzibit is finally done backpedaling.—OMAR MAZARIEGO
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86cover.jpgRead the rest of XXL’s Critical Beatdown review section in the
November 2006 issue (#86)

  • Skateboard G

    1st X to the Z

  • Sushi K

    00000001

  • Vick

    gota get this shit

  • Crazy

    his last album was sick

    check this out this kid is sick

    http://www.myspace.com/crazyhouseproductions

  • http://www.myspace.com/haloxxxv Juice

    Xzibit is the best west coast rapper i’m coppin dat shit.

  • Atl’s own

    X to da Z! great rapper

  • e

    Xzibit’s first two albums were ill. If he returns to that style he’s worth listining to.

  • http://www.xzibitcentral.com XzibitCentral.com

    Awesome review, i cant wait for the album to drop!!!!

    Check out http://www.xzibitcentral.com for more xzibit and full circle information!!

  • http://www.inside-xzibit.de Lil’ Diamond

    Yeah thats great… i saw the video of “Concentrate”

    visit:
    http://www.inside-xzibit.de

  • Livin’ Proof

    DON’T SLEEP ON THIS WEST COAST VET, I THOUGHT HIS LAST SHIT WAS DOPE TOO…THIS IS GONNA BE ANOTHER BANGER…YUP

  • TYRONECAPONE

    FUCK THIS NIGGA! THE NIGGA IS FROM MY HOOD (DETROIT) BUT ACTS LIKE HE’S FROM THE WEST COAST! FUCKING SELL OUT! COP THE ROTTEN APPLE (10-10-06), THE FAST LANE (11-14-06) AND BUCK THE WORLD (11-28-06)! IT’S THE G-UNIT TAKEOVER!

  • lawrence

    i hope its up to par with “40 dayz and 40 nightz”…if not im still gettin it

  • http://XXLmag.com Westside Money aka G-unite

    cant wait to cop X’s and Clipse album 4 real and chingy n ludas album.

  • VICK

    Xzibit is the real westcoast

  • BELIZE

    x is back (no dmx)

  • JD@619

    inciteful review, yet i’m still hesitate to get it. i’ve been a big x fan for years but he’s been declining over the years and “weapons of mass destruction” made me wanna stop messin wit him. but recently, i’ve heard him on some tracks like “makin ya money” where he’s featured on mitchy slick’s new album. he’s spittin like the old x to the z. if he returns to form, i’m sure this will be a banger!

  • Mr 50 Cent

    Come on niggas, X aint all that.

    I herd his album like 4 months ago, Dre gave me it and said check this wack mo’fuckers album,

    I’m tellin you guys, its not that hott. Wait till my album comes out, its gonna be FUCKIN XXL

    50 cent all the way bitches

    50 cent out xxxx

    p.s. if u niggas dig this X guy, maybe i’l sign him on GGGGG G-UNIT

  • Bernie Mac

    X 2 Da Z: the king of corny ass 1-liners

  • mikal

    IT BETTA BE GUUD KUZ DE WEST IZ DYIN

  • Mr 50 Cent

    MIKAL, THE WEST IS DYIN, R U FUCKIN STUPID

    U GOT DRE U LIL BITCH
    THE KING OF THE WEST
    HE TOLD ME LAST NIGHT THAT DETOX COMIN OUT IN JANUARY 07, I WROTE ALL HIS SONGS AND HIS LYRICS, I EXECUTIVE PRODUCED THE WHOLE SHIT

    YEAH U RIGHT THE WEST ID DEAD HAHAHAHA

    UNLESS U TALK ABOUT THAT GAY STRIPPER FROM THE WEST – U KNOW WHO

  • Serbian Mobb

    west coast shit in tha house for 06 just makin music

  • Mr 50 Cent

    serbian mobb, what the fuck r u tryin to say.

    i hate these niggas that never got a fuckin education. motherfucker learn some english skills u lil bitch

    50 cent out xxxxxx

  • http://www.rapmedia-az.com Skroo

    X 2 Tha Z – I’m gettin this when its out

  • Vindi

    I’m looking forward 2 this album the last one was trash

    http://www.myspace.com/vindiakaleon

  • jose

    G-unoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooot!!!!

    west side for live fucking ur wife…

    x to the matha********* x!
    now u see me ………………

    xzibit is the thruth even with ok to haahhh production

    open bar ….. the liks.. mat*******

  • Fred D

    X got Lyrics for days..If he got w/ Dre again his shit would go 2xPlat!! Rumor.. Game & X on a new stong arm steady mix tape!! can we say FIRE!!?

  • Mr 50 CENT

    JOSE, R U FUCKIN STUPID, DO U WANNA GO TO WAR WITH MY HOMIE?

    COME TO NY, I’LL PISTOL WHIPP UR PUSSY ASSS.

    FUCK THAT, WHERE THE FUCK R U IN THE WEST, ME AND DRE WILL COME BY AND LAY IT INTO U YOU FUCKIN BITCH HA

    50 CENT OUT xxxxxxxxxx

  • MoZ

    “ONE” is on that 93 issue.. Calis slippin…

  • 50 Cent Killer

    MR 50 CENT, how you gonna pistol whip someone in New York when you leave in washington…on the other side of the US

  • ThaRefriedMexican

    This album better not flop. I have a feeling if it does it might be 10 years before he drops another album.

  • Corinne

    I’m going get his album this first day. Xzibit and Game are the top Westcoast rappers out there. His WMD was hot, can’t wait till his new one

  • DetroitBonix

    After all these years a XL rating!! I can’t believe this. About time!! I can’t wait to check this out. X’s career has been dogged by critics that don’t know sh-t about rap. Congratulations X!! I don’t rap/I just stomp down beats. HAHA

  • http://aol.com Nyce

    Ya’ll Niggas is stupid X is one of the most lyrical niggas in the game nobody from the west is messin wit him except for the game but he stiil hot

  • http://aol.com Nyce

    X is a lyrical giant ain’t nobody messin wit him And all ya’ll haters probably want him to pimp ya ride

  • Mr 50 Cent

    Dear 50 cent killer,

    U LIL BITCH COME DOWN TO QUEENS NEW YORK AND WE’LL SEE WHERE I AM. U BETTER BRING UR FUCKIN ARMY DOWN THERE BOY, I’M GONNA BRING GGG G-UNIT BOYYYSS.

    U PUSSY

    U WHORE

    BRING UR SISTER TOO, WE’LL RUN A TRAIN DOWN HER

    HAHAHAHA

    50 CENT OUT xxxxxxxx

  • Mr 50 Cent

    Dear 50 cent killer,

    U LIL BITCH COME DOWN TO QUEENS NEW YORK AND WE’LL SEE WHERE I AM. U BETTER BRING UR FUCKIN ARMY DOWN THERE BOY, I’M GONNA BRING GGG G-UNIT BOYYYSS.

    U PUSSY

    U WHORE

    BRING UR SISTER TOO, WE’LL RUN A TRAIN DOWN HER

    HAHAHAHA

    50 CENT OUT xxxxxxxx

  • http://xxlmag.com DARK

    fuckin pussies talkin wack shit on here internet thugs mr.50 snitch I mean cent is reppin gay unit gaystas fuck out of here G U the fuck noooottttttt
    and xzibit is fuckin wack who the fuck listons to this wack ass nigga his fuckin kung fu song was fuckin wack this nigga need to go back to being the host of pimp my ride.

  • http://xxlmag.com DARK

    Mr 50 snitch your pissing me off just by me reading your shit I bet you a lil white bitch wigga it a blog you pussy ass wigga your a fuckin retard.

  • Mr 50 CENT

    DARK, I AM 50 CENT DOGG, BELIEVE ME DUDE, COME DOWN TO QUEENS AND SEE ME

    50 CENT OUT xxxxxxxxxxx

  • Avenger

    You guys rate are now as bad as the source. who does your critics Johnny Knoxville cause that is a Major Jackass statement. You give out a XL to any pseudo-celeb out there.

    This album is a ok listen but you may get tired of it quick, because like so many midlevel artists he is fishing for that hit that can cross him over and he is still making vanilla music(i.e. generic music).

    XXL need to step there reviewing game up.

  • LA Hoodlum

    mr 50 cents or do i mean mr snitch. what do you get when a whore from queens fucks a crack addicted you get a lame ass nigga claiming to be the king of new york or do i mean jay-z fuckin shadow. get real nigga the game thrashed your who crew. long live the game.

  • LA Hoodlum

    dre needs to get rid of 50 before he get rape by dip set and the game. i heard olivia likes to get train by the blackwall family and the all mighty bird gang aka dip set

  • http://xxlmag.com DARK

    Too Mr.50 snitch I mean cent

    Shut your fake ass up you dumbass mark fuck you G unot and dipset aka dick rider bitch set fake bloods fuck your fake ass I live in compton get real you lil wigga.You a funny lil white crack head on here talkin wack shit.

  • lflaxjr

    this album is hot y’all….he stuck to the same formula from the last album which is “if it aint broke dont fix it”.

  • jus beefin

    serbian mob said – west coast shit in tha house for 06 just makin music.

    LOOOL

  • Real Hip Hop

    I dont even read this magazine, but if yall knew about real hip hop, you’d know that Heiroglyphics already came out with an album called Full Circle, and that album is at a level that Xzibit will never reach

  • CLeVeLAnD bOY

    i like X, but this aint gon sell more den 200,000

  • CLeVeLAnD bOY

    i like X, but this aint gon sell more den 200,000

  • WESTCOAST NIGGA

    all yall fagget haters need to shut the fuck up or die yall lil bitches aint shit some of yall from da fagget ass south,north,and east fuck yall xzibit aint the king of da west but he can rap fuck yall haters.yall eva heard that song before shake dem haters off well then! lil bitches!

  • b-4real

    NEWMOVEMENT RECORD FROM KANSAS COMING NEAR YA NIGGAS. HOLLA AT ME WHOEVER WANNA GET IN THE PROJECT. WE HAVE SOME FIRE SPITTERS HERE IN DA MIDWEST. PRJECT DUE NEXT SPRING.

  • Lil Gotti

    TYRONECAPONE Says:

    September 26th, 2006 at 5:25 pm
    FUCK THIS NIGGA! THE NIGGA IS FROM MY HOOD (DETROIT) BUT ACTS LIKE HE’S FROM THE WEST COAST! FUCKING SELL OUT! COP THE ROTTEN APPLE (10-10-06), THE FAST LANE (11-14-06) AND BUCK THE WORLD (11-28-06)! IT’S THE G-UNIT TAKEOVER!

    FUCK YOU YOU FUCKIN FAGGET ALL THOSE CDS GON FLOP

    GAME TIME MOTHERFUCKER

    G-G-G-UNOT

    WEST COAST TOT HE FULLEST

    XZIBIT GOTTA GET THAT SHIT

    FUCK G-UNIT

  • Lex

    Good CD! I’m gonna cop that shit 4 real! check this shit: Fuck Mobb Deep, fuck G-Unit, fuck Game, fuck Suge Knight, fuck Lil Kim, fuck wacko Jacko, u know what? FUCK ALL Y’ALL! RIP MAKAVELI THE DON, OUTLAW, WESTSIDE 4 LIFE! BIAIAIATCHHHHHH!!!!!!! LOOK OUT 4 PAC’S LIFE COMING NOVEMBER 21st! COP THAT SHIT 4 ‘PAC! NIGGA WESTSIIIIIIIDE!

  • http://xxlmag.com Big Scrap Locc

    I already coped this joint, and the shit is hard as hell. I’m sure glad he came bacc hard and the fact he had My Big Homie King Tee on the joint with Dj Quicc. and for those that dont know, Big King Tee is a original Front Hood compton crip, 4 death doe. Church!

  • Indigo Kid

    Lmao @ Mr 50 Cent. That shit is hilarious.

    I’m going to peep the album out and see if X to tha mo’ fuckin Z’ game is still tight.

  • Avenger

    Here is a real review for this album what are you guys doing giving xxl for breathing.

    The phrase Full Circle implies a return to the beginning. In Xzibit’s case, one hopes it would mean a return to the gritty and honest MC that gave us At The Speed Of Life ten years ago. But unfortunately, as has been the case with Xzibit since linking with Dr. Dre and hosting Pimp My Ride, Full Circle is uneventful and disappointing.

    The primary plague of his sixth album is production. Jelly Roll gives X four of the sloppiest and most cringe-inducing beats heard in hip-hop. “Invade My Space,” in particular, is frustrating because it features a very dope piano melody that gets lost in the otherwise awkward and mechanical beat. The first single, “Concentrate,” doesn’t fare much better, with a strange vocal sample accompanying Xzibit’s watered-down lyrics. The beats throughout are lackluster, and he doesn’t help the cause with his unmemorable narratives.

    Full Circle does have a few saving graces, though. The clever DJ Quick-produced “Ram Part Division,” finds Xzibit, with highly-distorted vocals, addressing racial profiling and other social issues from the viewpoint of a corrupt cop. “Scandalous Bitches” is a story about trifling women, and X even addresses a recent issue between himself and Usher. The best song though, and the only one on par with his earliest work, is “Thank You.” Over lush strings and a hard-hitting piano loop, he thanks his fans for all their support and even updates us on his son, who he first rapped about on “The Foundation” in 1996.

    Besides a handful of good tracks, Full Circle is mostly forgettable, which is unfortunate because we all know how talented Xzibit is and what he is truly capable of.

  • me too

    on bail #1 track

    chorus is insane

  • FERNANDO

    I gotta admit this boy makes my dick hard whenever I see him. That concentrate video is straight fire. Hip Hop Homo Thugs United Baby.

  • Chriz Vega

    hip hop homo thugs??????? idk WaTZ Up WiT Da NiGGa Ova Me BuT X to Da Z album Iz FiRe! gud lukin

  • sim

    there b e no west coast wit out him!!luv u dawg!!come back to toronto

  • sim

    x 2 tha x!!! full circle was alright but i think he should get back with dre and make a doper album!!!!this is the worst xzibit album!!str8 up!!

  • John Shady

    this albim is nuts, especially rollin w/ b real. that sing is dope, same with almost EVERY track on this album, another banger

  • John Shady

    this albim is nuts, especially rollin w/ b real. that sing is dope, same with almost EVERY track on this album, another banger

  • Homies

    Nice album Dude!!! That’s gonna be a best seller !!!

  • Oil £x

    Yeah MAn thats a real looking good album x !!!

  • jaytrill_2012

    hot album. props to x for this project

  • young_fane

    FUCK A X TO DA Z!!!!! DAT NIGGA FROM FUCKIN DETROIT…..THE MIDWEST IS FULL OF THESE POP ASS NIGGAZ….AND THIS NIGGA REPPIN THE WEST…..? BITCH ASS NIGGA! FUCK EM!

  • mark-1

    x is from detroit?! i aint know dat..
    i aint heard da album yet but i know its trash cus his 2 singles r trash!
    dat nigga had dis hindu nigga in his concentrate video! lol.. oh yea.. big up ta shorty n da video wit da phatty..

  • shaun

    MR.50 SNITCH ASS WOULD REVERE A NIGGA THAT TELL EVERYTHANG. YOOS A BIATCH, NOW TELL THAT, FUCKING SNITCH-LOVER.

  • RidiKill

    X to the Z is the best rapper out there and this album kicks ass…invade my space is the best new rap track ive heard since LAX on weapons of mass destruction

  • http://Aim Rylee

    I love this song and so does all my friends. Xzibit is so awesome in Pimp My Ride too. Xzibit is the best out of the best.

  • J-Roots

    This is a hot Xzibit album.The reason why is some of it is real talk.50 shut the fuck up and stop hatin’ you bitch ass nigga.

  • dj q

    i look at all the comment’s this nigga suck i would not think about buying or bootleging that cd ever southern takeover bicth