Undercover All-Star Weekend Anthems II

A lot of flavors reside on the West Coast, making the task of picking a suitable anthem a challenging one. Not to snub the Yae -I’m going to save that post for later and instead get into some LA biz for now. That said, a good anthem gets the whole clic’ wild and motivated, [...]

A lot of flavors reside on the West Coast, making the task of picking a suitable anthem a challenging one. Not to snub the Yae -I’m going to save that post for later and instead get into some LA biz for now. That said, a good anthem gets the whole clic’ wild and motivated, and if you can ice it for a decade and drop it like it’s fresh -you got a certified banger on your hands.

Back before he was hooking up buckets and pushing eXtreme deodorant, Xzibit was cuttin’ tracks with other members of the Likwit Crew, most notably King T & Tha Alkaholiks. After touring with them in 95′, Loud Records set him up with a recording deal and released his debut album, “At the Speed of Life“.

Featuring production by Diamond D, DJ Muggs, DJ Pen One, E-Swift & Thayod Ausar -along with an appearance by King T himself, the record was moderately successful and was boosted by Ausar produced, “Paparazzi“.

Containing a sample of Pavane in F-sharp minor (Gabriel Faure), the record took general shots at entertainers that he considered to be in it, “only for the money and the fame” -and later took a few back from EDI Amin on Makaveli’s, “Bomb First (My Second Reply)”.

The irony of it all is that Xzibit’s escalator rise to fame led to bad blood with his Likwit bretheren and left an older generation of fans scratching their heads everytime someone tossed him the keys to the whip.

Can’t be mad though, noone really expects rappers to stay broke and underground forever anymore. Especially when The Sopranos are kicking down some publishing dough (Pax Soprano episode).

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Xzibit -Paparazzi



				


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