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40 Dayz & 40 Nightz (Clean)
Genres: Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop
If you merged L.A.'s gangsta-rap tradition with its hip-hop underground, Xzibit would be the bastard progeny. While his Likwit Crew peers, The Alkaholiks, flow with finesse, Xzibit chooses fierceness, exuding a sinister gr... more »
If you merged L.A.'s gangsta-rap tradition with its hip-hop underground, Xzibit would be the bastard progeny. While his Likwit Crew peers, The Alkaholiks, flow with finesse, Xzibit chooses fierceness, exuding a sinister grimness with his gruff delivery. For his sophomore project, Xzibit convinces Ice Cube's old producer, Sir Jinx, to come out the woodwork, resulting in familiar but funky tracks like "Shroomz" and "Chamber Music." Other winners are courtesy of beat makers like A Kid Called Roots, who flexes a subtly sublime track on "Nobody Sound Like Me," and the Alkies' E-Swift, responsible for the thumping booms on "Let It Rain." If you're looking for an ill alternative to L.A.'s reality-rap monopoly, put your money on the "big, bad, insane, black John McClaine," Xzibit. --Oliver Wang
Johnblazin2 | Los Angeles | 04/25/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Xzibit wasn't always a West Coast hip-hop household name. Before his popular collaborations with Dr. Dre and the platinum selling Restless LP, Xzibit was a hungry underground LA emcee without a lot of mainstream attention, only vicious lyrics and relentless flow. After making noise with the single "Paparazzi" from his critically acclaimed debut "At The Speed of Life", Xzibit dropped what is still considered his best album, "40 Dayz and 40 Nights". Fueled with a mixture of East Coast wordplay and West Coast themes the album was almost automatically dubbed a Classic. Not that the backing of Los Angeles's Likwit Crew with the dark and demanding production from Sir Jinx didn't add to the fire power of the albums tracks. The thundering soundscape of "Chamber Music" demands the listeners attention from the beginning and the Rass Kass and Saafir backed "3 Card Molly" only certify the lyrical capabilities of the West's finest. As Rass puts it "If you're looking for sympathy then you better look between R and T in the ... dictionary", because no sympathy will come from this record, only 17 tracks of raw west coast hip-hop. The albums acclaimed single "What U See is What U Get" became an anthem on its own and "Los Angeles Times" paints a vivid picture of the LA streets. Those of you who didn't hear about the black John McClain before shouting out a Restless "X" at a club need to hit rewind and listen to the Xzibit at his finest moment."