’m not too sure how I feel about this one. Although it’s X-man’s fourth disc and it has all the brass, bold bravado a fan would want from the west coast strong man of rap, Man Vs Machine leaves me somewhat confused.
“Release Date” is the opening cut and it hits hard. Oh yeah, does it! Xzibit has always had a unique style with his fierce raps and fluid delivery. And that’s exactly what it takes for rap to mean anything to me - -
You gotta bring it on new and fresh, or don’t bring it on at all.
And, with Dr. Dre “the king of rap producers”, taking Xzibit under his mentorship a few steps back, there was some merit. (Although most of his first trials were slept on (At the Speed of Life, 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz), Xzibit was not to be denied.
So, here it is 2002 and Xzibit drops Man VS Machine. It’s a good hard listen, with Snoop Dogg tossing in his smooth rhymes and Eminem and Nate Dogg jumping on for the ride. The “Losin’ Your Mind” track, featuring Snoop, is my fav..but then, I’m just all there for Snoop no matter what he spits. And, I got off on “My Name” with Eminem and Nate tag-a-long rapping for good measure. And, of course, who can resist tracks like the DJ Premier-produced “What A Mess” with its solid unda-ground flava? As for as the rest of this disc, it’s hit and miss. “Gambler” (featuring Anthony Hamilton) and “Choke Me, Spank Me” are not worth the effort at all and some of this stuff is out and out laughable (but don’t tell Xzibit I said so).
My advice? Pop on down to your local music chain store, take a for-free listen to this disc on one of those headphone set ups and judge for yourself. If you find yourself bopping to the beat and you just can’t stop, then lay down some chedda for this one and listen to it til your neighbors bang on your door. But, if you find yourself mentally drifting off, wishing for the resurrection of Tupac, and humming the tunes from Christina Aguilera’s latest, then, forget it.
You best spend your time listening to older Xzibit joints and wait around for the next one to buy new.
Reviewed by: Roxanne Blanford
Reviewed on: 2003-09-01