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Restless, the third album from Xzibit, executive produced by Dr. Dre. Follow up to his last two critically praised albums 40 Dayz and 40 Nightz (released August 1998) and At The Speed Of Life (released August 1996).
Could the timing be any better and the anticipation any higher for Restless, the third album from Xzibit, executive produced by Dr. Dre. After releasing two critically praised albums 40 Dayz and 40 Nightz (released August 1998) and At The Speed Of Life (released August 1996), Xzibit knew he needed to surface beyond the underground. In the past year alone, Xzibit has made guest appearances on over 30 tracks with various MCs including Snoop Dogg, Eminem, De La Soul, Erick Sermon, Tony Touch and even Limp Bizkit. His cameo on Snoop Doggs "B Please" produced by Dr. Dre brought Xzibit into the spotlight. He remarks, "After B Please dropped, it was all over. It was one of my first radio cuts that wasnt a local record; it was heard all over he world. B Please definitely broadened my fan base and exposed me on another level." Snoop says of his West Coast comrade, "Hes always been underrated, but Xzibit is one of the most dominant West Coast underground rappers in the game. And Im glad I had the opportunity to put him on my record, do a video with him, blow him up, and let the world see what hes all about." Xzibit first came on the scene in 1995, when he toured with Tha Liks (formerly Tha Alkaholiks) as a member of Tha Likwit Crew (Tha Liks, Defari, and King Tee). In 1996, he signed with Loud Records and released two critically praised albums, At The Speed of Life (1996) which exploded on the underground scene and 40 Dayz and 40 Nightz (1998). The video for the lead single, "What You See Is What You Get", on the 40 Dayz and 40 Nights LP broke a record remaining at the #1 position for six weeks in a row on BETs Rap City, surpassing the rotation of The Notorious B.I.G.s "Hypnotize" video. Both albums gave underground hip-hop heads a glimpse of Xzibits lyrical genius and raw artistic technique. Well-known for his verbal assaults, Xzibit explains how Restless is different lyrically from his previous albums, "Ive paid my dues battle rapping through my first two albums and Ive proven that I can spit. Restless has more songs with concepts. My tone, delivery and cadence is a little different from my earlier two albums." Dr.Dre, lays the foundation on Restless with five tracks including the first banging single simply titled "X" (featuring Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre); "Take Your Stripes" (featuring Dr. Dre); "Take Me There" (featuring Tray Dee and female MC, Ms Rog), a fiery guitar-driven track warning would be rappers who wanna battle that Xzibit is always prepared for a verbal challenge; the chest thumping "You Know" (featuring Dr. Dre). and "Black Rabbit." Xzibit points out, "Since Dr. Dre is the Executive Producer of the album, he helped me choose the tracks. He arranged the songs and made suggestions on where a hook should go or where a chant should slide in. I painted the picture and he filled it in." Xzibit has assembled some of the top beat makers including Rockwilder, The Teamsters and west coast favorites like Mel-Man, DJ Quik, Soopafly, and Battlecat. Snoop, Nate Dogg, Eminem,Tray Dee, Defari and King Tee make cameo on the disc. In addition to "X" Snoop is also featured on the Parliament Funkadelic sounding "DNA" (Drugs and Alcohol), produced by DJ Quik. "Get Your Walk On" produced by Mel-Man and Battlecat is a gangsta funk battle cry for all the bangers. Xzibit explains, "Its a party track. Something for niggas to go wild on in the clubs." Eminem produces and appears on "Dont Approach Me." On the reflective "Sorry Im Away So Long" dedicated to his son, Xzibit reflects on how much he misses his little man when hes on the road performing. Produced by DJ Quik, the song features a blistering appearance by wispy-voiced Suga Free. Restless would not be complete without Tha Liks. "Loud N Clear" produced by Battlecat is a brag-fest allowing King Tee and Defari to big up the Likwit Crew. Despite all the attention surrounding Xzibit, he hasnt forgotten where he began. "I am starting a label called Open Bar Entertainment," Xzibit says proudly. I just feel like the Likwit Crew never got a fair share in the marketplace, so now that I have my hands around the opportunity, Im taking my family with me. The first person I signed was King Tee. I also signed Defari and I'm bringing Golden State Warriors over there." Linking up with West Coast heavyweights is all part of Xzibits master plan. Xzibit says hes ready for success, "All my experiences on Snoops Top Dogg, Dr. Dres Chronic 2001, the Up In Smoke tour and the Anger Management tour are paying off." Eminem says of his Up In Smoke/Anger Management tour mate, "Xzibit is about to blow; you can smell it in the air. I dont think he smells it, just like I didnt smell it when I was about to blow. You can see when Xzibit goes onstage, the energy that hes got is whats gonna put him over the top." So now with all the pieces finally falling in place, Xzibit can barely hold in his excitement with Restless, "With Restless, Im gonna serve my core fans and also create new ones. Ive come too far and struggled too long to give them anything else but the best. Now its time to sell millions."
* Dr. Dre: Executive Producer of RESTLESS, produced first single and several other tracks
* Featured on Snoop Dogg's smash single "B Please" and "B Please 2" on Eminem's "Marshall Mathers"
* Featured on Dr. Dre's Up In Smoke Tour, which hit over 40 cities and over 15 million audience
* MTV host for The Up In Smoke Tour
* Featured on Limp Bizkit's Anger Management Tour with Eminem and Papa Roach Oct 17 - Nov 21st
* Featured on "Get Your Groove On" single from Limp Bizkits new album Chocolate Starfish & The Hot Dog Flavored Water.
* MTV special airs Get Your Groove On performance with Xzibit and Fred Durst from Playboy Mansion 10/13
* MTV features Xzibit on the kick off episode to new special entitled "Freeloader"
* Official 4:20 band on Cypress Hill's Smoke Out October 7th
* Madden 2001 video game for NFL, EA Sports & Ecko unlimited features recorded Xzibit theme song and Xzibit player on Ecko team.
*MTV New Years Eve Performance in Times Square 2001