For our music feature this week, we spoke with Xzibit, the Los Angeles-via-Detroit rapper whose hard-core yet introspective albums have earned him a place in the pantheon as one of the greatest West Coast rappers. He's collaborated with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Eminem, and later served as the host of the MTV wish fulfillment program, Pimp My Ride.
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From his Chatsworth studio, Xzibit spoke to us about his new album, Napalm and his experiences over a decade and a half in the industry. Here are some outtakes that didn't make the story.
On his early years in the L.A. hip-hop scene:
I was running around, doing a lot of freestyle shit, a lot of Unity shows, and freestyling with the Alkaholics. I was bouncing from show to show, and just trying to get on wherever I could. But that was the live aspect. We didn't really do mixtapes and all of that shit. I think there's something to be said about being able to rip a live show, and be in a live environment. That's where my breeding ground was.More »