XZIBIT (PART 3) (May
2008) | Interview By: Nima
Dubcnn had the great opportunity to sit down with West Coast veteran Xzibit
for an in-depth 3-Part interview we like to call "The Life & Times Of Xzibit".
In Part 1 and 2, we discussed his childhood, the Likwit Crew, coming out with
"Paparazzi", 2Pac, meeting Dr. Dre, the Up In Smoke tour, Snoop Dogg's beef with X, "Restless", the issues that
occurred between him and Liks, how he ended up becoming the host of "Pimp My
Ride", Strong Arm Steady and more.
This is Part 3, where we talk about the "Full Circle" album, Xzibit's song
"Thank You", The Game, who Xzibit is feeling right now, the evolution of
Hip-Hop, X's plans for the future, a possible new album and much more.
As ever, you can read this exclusive interview below and we urge you to leave feedback on our forums or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dying 2 Live (X-Files 2: I Want To Believe)
Thank You (VIDEO)
Interview was done in May 2008.
Xzibit Gave Dubcnn A Shoutout! Check That
Full Audio Interview
Missed Part 1 of this interview?
Missed Part 2 of this interview?
Dubcnn: Your last album, "Full Circle", was often criticized because of the
production. Is that something that you can agree with?
I don't know man. I just did what I felt was banging to me at the moment. I
don't know, if people didn't receive the music well, then they didn't
receive the music well. Like I said, I put that record together in two
months with the producers that I had around me, and I felt like we put a
good foot forward. Usually, I spend about a year making my records and all
that, but for some people, they loved the record, others didn't like it.
It's all about moving forward, and the next one might be banging harder than
anything else I've ever made, or it may suck worse than what people
expected! The fact is that it feels good to me. When "Restless" felt good to
me nobody complained about it. For me, I think that as I go forward and make
better music, it may be received better, but that still ain't gonna stop me
from getting in the booth.
Dubcnn: How come the video to "Thank You" was never released? [Editor's
Note: The video was finally released right before this interview was
published, check it out
I just was unhappy with the whole promotion of the record, period. To me, I
should have released "Thank You" first, that should have been the first
single off "Full Circle", because that was the biggest push. The label was
listening to MTV or listening to everybody else that was jumping on the
bandwagon, and they felt like "Concentrate" would have been better received.
I didn't push the issue, I didn't push it and that's my fault, I'll take the
blame for that. The way I see it, "Thank You" should have rolled out first,
because that would have been heartfelt, it would have been something that
the fans could see that I took time on and really put that forward for them.
But it was felt as though I was trying to compete with popular music with
"Concentrate", and it's too easy to disregard the whole record because of
that. Because if you don't dominate that popular music scene, then people
gone take the music for what it's worth. Me coming in and creating the lane
that I've already created with songs like "Paparazzi" and "The Foundation",
"Thank You" would have been received better cause that's what people expect
from me, that's what people respect in me.
Dubcnn: I feel you man. What kind of experience was it performing that song
It was incredible! It was the first time that I had got to actually bring
something that was a brainchild that I put together, that I saw come from a
thought to fruition. Bam! It worked! The performance was strong!
Dubcnn: That song by itself was worth the money for the record.
That's good, I'm glad, thank you man, I appreciate you.
Dubcnn: I heard Cavie was doing a remix album of "Full Circle" with new
beats, is that still in the plans?
We did some remixes, I'm sitting on them. I didn't do anything with them,
cause by the time they were done, the push it would take to reintroduce or
relaunch the "Full Circle" album, I just didn't wanna put the time into it.
I felt like if I want to do that, I might as well make a new record. So
slowly but surely we've been collecting songs and I think the next one will
be extremely well received, cause I'm taking my time with it.
Dubcnn: Do you have a personal favorite song of all time that you did?
Nah, I still feel like I haven't made my best song yet.
Dubcnn: What about an era in time, what's your favorite musical era?
Man I gotta say the mid 90's, fuck man, it was like "Wow!" You saw mega
groups come out, mega stars, Hip-Hop dominated the fuckin' world! You know
what I'm saying? Lyrics! Lyrics, dogg! Think about it! It was a variety of
artists! Not just everybody doing the same shit.
Dubcnn: You've been involved in three different crews, the Likwit Crew, the
DPG Crew and the Strong Arm Steady Gang. But you're still an Alkaholik at
An Alkaholik at heart? Man, I don't drink as much as I used to, but the
spirit is there! *laughs*
Dubcnn: There were some talks about King Tee wanting to put together a
Likwit Crew project... Is that something that's really happening?
If he puts it together, I'm willing to listen. I'm willing to sit down and
listen. But I've been let down so much when it comes to this group shit... I
don't want to say "No, never", but it's gonna take a lot of convincing.
Dubcnn: How do you feel about the groups that are popping right now, like
G-Unit or Cash Money?
I mean, it's more power to them! Anybody that can keep a group of black men
together and create something that's gonna feed kids without getting your
door kicked in, I'm rolling!
Dubcnn: 50 Cent shouted you out on "In Da Club", did you expect him to
become as big as he did?
You never know, bro! You never know! I'm good with 50, I'm good with
everybody that's making music. I don't choose to get involved in the "he say
she say" shit, I was glad that dude shouted me out! At the time, we was
under the same management, I was under Goliath artist management with Paul
Rosenberg, Eminem, D-12, I was under the same umbrella. It was a shoutout to
acknowledge that we was all under the same roof.
Dubcnn: There were rumours of things being sour between you and The Game at
first, but then you appeared on his album and he was on yours. Was there any
truth to a conflict between ya'll?
There was no conflict, I think what had happened was, like I said, more
gossip, more Us Magazine Weekly! *laughs* People gossiping to him, telling
him I said something, he said something, "Fuck this and fuck them and fuck
that". It wasn't until we met face to face and it was what it was. We
continued on like that, it's nothing! I don't play into that shit. If the
nigga really got a problem with me, it's really not hard to find me! I'm
Dubcnn: How do you feel about the way the rap game has developed over the
past few years?
We all witnessed the deterioration of the spirit of Hip-Hop. Now, this is Rap.
What we have today is Rap Music, this ain't Hip-Hop, this is Rap. It's
commercialized, it's oily and salted, it's cream filled, it's donut wrapped,
cellophane sealed. *laughs* It's commercial, my nigga.
Dubcnn: It seems like swag is more important than skills nowadays...
Yeah! You know what, Hip-Hop has turned into the WWE. You know? Hip-Hop is
now wrestling. You got a bunch of niggas buffed up on steroids, threatening
each other, everybody got a theme to what they talking about, everything is
fuckin' corny, and even though you know it's fake, you can't keep your eyes
off it! *laughs*
Dubcnn: That's a good explanation!
Dubcnn: So who is Xzibit feeling right now?
Man, I still listen to all of the shit that made me fall in love with
Hip-Hop. I listen to that. I go back and bust out "Fear Of A Black Planet",
I go back and listen to Showbiz and A.G., I go listen to Big Daddy Kane, I
go listen to muthafuckin' live shows. I go on YouTube and find shit like "Me
& The Biz" (Masta Ace), like fuck! I listen to shit that made me fall in
love and find some value in what I was doing. Because I can't really say
that about the music I see coming out today. But then again, they didn't
understand the music, then. So maybe, the kids that are coming up now - I
don't want to disrespect them and say they're wack, because I just don't
understand it - but what I do know, the shit that I do understand, I can do
So maybe it will develop into something that eventually we'll be like "Yeah,
okay, it turned into this." Cause it all comes in cycles. I just know that I
can't compete with that, cause that ain't what I do, my nigga. What I do do,
I just gotta do that well. That's why I can't really say that I like this
cat coming out or something - wait, there's a dude named Ransom out of New
Jersey right now I think. That nigga can spit! That's what I'm talking
about! The nigga can spit, regardless! I'm not checkin' to see "Well is he
real? Did he shoot somebody? Did somebody shoot him?" I don't give a FUCK!
But the dude can fuckin' spit! It sounds convincing! *laughs*
Dubcnn: What about on the West Coast right now?
I'm feeling Crooked I, I'm feeling Soopafly, Damani and Bad Lucc's new group
[Westurn Union], I'm feeling them. I'm feeling Bishop Lamont like a
muthafucka, that's my nigga. Glasses Malone, Mykestro, Big Hutch got some
shit coming out, Cold 187, I heard his new shit, he got some new shit that's
fuckin' amazing. It's some real shit that I can get into, because niggas is
saying something, and not trying to compete with Down South or imitating
niggas. Nah man, let's just do us!
Dubcnn: You appeared on DJ Crazy Toones mixtape "CT Experience" last year on
a song with MC Ren, tell us about that!
Yo man, Crazy Toones is an innovator! He put a whole mix CD, mix album
together, blasted it off and then put videos to it. I'm with it! It ain't no
different! If I was trying to put together something like that, I'm sure if
I reached out to them it would be the same thing. But he asked me to get
down and of course, that's my nigga, it's coastin'! Anything to move the
Dubcnn: How come your song "Grown Man Business" that Dr. Dre produced was
never properly released?
We didn't mix it in time, we couldn't get it mixed in time.
Dubcnn: Now... what made you go and cut your hair?
It was personal decision! I woke up one morning and I took down my braids,
looked in the mirror, picked up the phone, called my stylist and said "Just
cut this shit." So I cut it, I washed my hair, and I felt good man! About a
week later, I got a call to do "Pinkville" for Oliver Stone! So I just cut
it down some more, boom! That's what it is. It was a personal decision, and
then I just rolled with it. It feels good, it's very convenient.
Dubcnn: That's funny, cause I had long hair for about 7 years and I just cut
mine a few weeks ago too.
It feels good man! You can easily wash your hair, you can sleep comfortable,
shit ain't pullin' all over the place, your hair don't smell like fuckin'
Dax Hair fuckin' shit or whatever the fuck they use in their hair! Ahh, I
was like okay, church!
Dubcnn: So what's up with a new Xzibit album?
It's coming, it's coming. I don't have a name for it yet, but I got some
heatrocks on it, my nigga.
Dubcnn: Who would you like to work with on this one, production wise?
I don't know yet, I'ma see what's happening with it. I'ma take my time with
it. Each track is going to mean something, each one of these songs I have to
Dubcnn: Are you positive we'll be seeing this coming out in 2008?
You'll see me on some guest appearances, I'll warm it up before I come full
Dubcnn: Apart from music, you're also an actor. How is that going right now?
It's going good, it's good. I just finished "X-Files 2", I play a FBI Agent,
it's coming to theatres July 25th, and then I'm working on another movie
right now called "Fence Walker", it's another movie from Chris Carter. I did
another independent film called "American Inquisition", it will be out this
Dubcnn: What's up with Open Bar Entertainment?
The Bar is still open!
Dubcnn: That's it?
Yup. Only the bartenders are not inside right now. *laughs*
Dubcnn: Ideally, where would you like to see yourself five years from now?
I don't know, still living! If I can do that, I can accomplish everything
else by myself.
Dubcnn: Before we go, is there anything else you'd like to let everybody
I just appreciate the support throughout all the years. Look for your boy to
continue doing quality shit. You never let me down, so I'ma return the favor.
Xzibit Gave Dubcnn A Shoutout! Check That
Full Audio Interview