• Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Dec 14, 2004
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14

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  1. Anonymous
    Oct 9, 2005
    9
    In Man vs Machine, Xzibit tried to do too much at once. On this album, he's gone back to basics and it's worked. The result is reminiscient to what his earlier albums (ie. 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz) would have sounded like with a bigger budget- simpler beats put the focus squarely back on X's flawless wordplay. His vocals really carry the album, and the fantastic sonics and In Man vs Machine, Xzibit tried to do too much at once. On this album, he's gone back to basics and it's worked. The result is reminiscient to what his earlier albums (ie. 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz) would have sounded like with a bigger budget- simpler beats put the focus squarely back on X's flawless wordplay. His vocals really carry the album, and the fantastic sonics and thumping beats on songs such as Saturday Night Live, LAX, Beware Of Us, Klack, and Mean Mugging, really bring it home. Xzibit has struck a perfect balance between hardcore and mainstream, with songs that sound just as comfortable on a radio as they do at a full-volume live performance, complete with mosh pit. Definitely his best album yet. Expand
  2. bastian
    Mar 15, 2005
    10
    i'm french and i'm think of mr X to the Z is the best of the rap US he is the best of the world i love you xzibit
  3. Frank
    Dec 17, 2004
    10
    Xzibit's Album Has Amazing Beats And His Style Is Unbeatable
  4. PedroA
    Dec 18, 2004
    10
    It's great, Xzibit is definately underated.
  5. JohnD
    Jul 17, 2005
    7
    This isn't the best rap album ever made, but its far from the worst. While I'm thankful that Dr. Dre didn't lend his 'cinematic music' talents to this release (which usually results in an album that can only be listened to once before it gets annoying), Xzibit lacks experience as a producer, and it shows. The beats and overall quality from song to song is This isn't the best rap album ever made, but its far from the worst. While I'm thankful that Dr. Dre didn't lend his 'cinematic music' talents to this release (which usually results in an album that can only be listened to once before it gets annoying), Xzibit lacks experience as a producer, and it shows. The beats and overall quality from song to song is inconsistant; one second he is detailing how he is going to thrill the crowd, the next second he talks about how much the world sucks. There are also too many filler tracks; omit 'Saturday Night Live', 'Judgement Day', 'Ride or Die', and 'Crazy Ho', and rearrange the remaining tracks, and Xzibit would have a much better album. As it is, its just cheese--but sometimes cheese is nice. I just wish it was a steak. Expand
Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Sometimes it sounds like he's trying too hard.
  2. Ethical incontinence notwithstanding, Xzibit is an undeniably charismatic vocalist, with a gift for pure, jolting, testosterone-packed aggression that leads to some rather magnificent moments.
  3. Ultimately as unrewarding as it is conflicted. [10 Dec 2004, p.93]