After seven years away from the mic, Xzibit is looking to pimp his career. The L.A. rap vet is gearing up to release Napalm, his first album since 2006. X has been quiet since 2007, when his popular MTV show Pimp My Ride was canceled and he began focusing on his burgeoning acting career. He’s hoping to change all that with Napalm, set to drop early next year.
"If you know hip hop, you’re going to love and appreciate Napalm," Xzibit said in a statement. "The tone of the album is a testament to what I’ve been through in the last six years."
And he’s got some serious help. The 18-track album includes guest verses from Wiz Khalifa, Prodigy, Crooked I, Game, Slim The Mobster and Tha Alkaholiks. On the production side of things, X reconnects with his former mentor, Dr. Dre, and also links with Akon, David Banner, S1, Focus and U.K.’s Beat Butcher.
Xzibit draws first blood with the title track and lead single, produced by 1500 or Nothin and featuring Travis Barker on drums and DJ Sid of Slipknot on the tables. The head-banging, hard-rock inspired song is a new sound for X, and it’s being accompanied by a new look as well — the militarist video, inspired by and dedicated to American soldiers, was shot in Iraq. "It was surreal," X said of his experience to the war-torn country. "We visited places like Saddam Hussein’s Palace and actually filmed my video and documentary in there.” Xzibit’s trip will be examined in even more depth via a four-part documentary released in installments online. (Check out the first part here.)
X is boosting his comeback attempts even further with a role in Code Name: Geronimo, hitting screens next year. In addition, he’s currently on the road rocking stages on this year’s Rock the Bells festival tour. And another single, "Up Out the Way," featuring E-40, is in the clip.
X hopes it all adds up to an explosive return to the spotlight when Napalm drops. "I’m ready to kick some a--," he said.
Drop a bomb on ‘em.
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