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Xzibit - 'Man Vs. Machine' [CD]


Man Vs. Machine


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As part of the Dr. Dre posse that's been growing in size and stature since the early '90s (see Eminem and Snoop Dogg), Xzibit continues building on the success of 2000's RESTLESS with his 2002 follow-up MAN VS MACHINE. Staying true to his West Coast roots, Xzibit keeps the beats fat and bouncy for a number of like-minded souls including Dre (the hip-hopera "Symphony In X Major"), Nate Dogg (a rubbery "Multiply"), and M.O.P. (a raw and rough "BK To LA"). "Heart Of Man" even manages to work up a good flow based on a sample from Toto's "Africa."

Other impressive collaborations find Xzibit throwing down with Eminem and Nate Dogg (an ominous "My Name," the pointed "Losin' Your Mind with Snoop, and "Harder," a team effort with The Golden State Project featuring Ras Kass and Saafir alongside Xzibit. The native Angelino also goes old school on "The Gambler," a slow-rolling joint featuring plenty of sampled soul grooves, a raspy Anthony Hamilton rhyme, and jazzy flute arrangements. With roots deep in the heart of the Left Coast sound, Xzibit is one more piece of the puzzle that ensures Dre and company will be around for the long run.

MAN vs. MACHINE, the follow-up album to the platinum-selling album Restless from the West Coast warrior, blows the lid off preconceptions of what an Xzibit release should and can sound like. Featuring production from heavyweights like Ric Rock, Bink, Rockwilder, Erick Sermon, DJ Premier and Dr. Dre, who also served as executive producer, and boasting cameos from Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, M.O.P., and Golden State.
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