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Do Remember When King T Toasted Tha Alkaholiks & Spilled Great Lyricism (Video)

When West Coast vets are being discussed, King T’s name does not come up nearly enough. The Compton, California native released a robust major label debut, Act A Fool, in late 1988. This puts him in scarce company indeed, as Ice-T’s essential first album Rhyme Pays had dropped only a... Read more

John Singleton Reveals He Wanted N.W.A. To Star In Boyz N The Hood

Thirty years ago today, on August 8, 1988, the N.W.A. released its proper debut album, Straight Outta Compton. Bursting onto the scene with rawness and aggression fueled by the Reagan-era Compton climate and lifestyle, Ni**az Wit' Attitudes presented an LP that would shape the sound and narrative in Rap for... Read more

20 Years Later, Rhyme & Reason Remains Rap Music’s Ultimate Backstage Pass (Video)

During the late 1990s, Hip-Hop was a seismic force that garnered mainstream recognition as a billion-dollar industry. The culture had invalidated scores of critics who dismissed it as a fad during the previous two decades. Hip-Hop achieved this while rewriting the rules of the music business and redefining the American... Read more

A Near 500-Song Mix Showcases The Magnificent History Of West Coast Hip-Hop (Audio)

West Coast Hip-Hop is incredible. So many of its pioneers are still making albums, doing shows, and adding to their legacy. As a tribute to the Left Coast immense contributions to Hip-Hop, Take It Personal Radio has compiled a four-part episode dedicated to gangsta and underground Rap classics from the... Read more

Finding The GOAT Producer: DJ Quik vs. Dr. Dre. Who Is Better?

“Finding the GOAT Producer,” the third installment of Ambrosia For Heads’s annual battle series features Hip-Hop’s greatest producers vying for the #1 spot. Thirty producers were pre-selected by a panel of experts, and two slots will be reserved for wild-card entries, including the possibility for write-in candidates, to ensure no... Read more

Rhymefest, Xzibit & Jesse Williams Say We Rise Together Or We Fall Apart (Audio)

Back in August, EPIX debuted a trailer for its docu-series America Divided, a politically driven program executive produced by Common, Norman Lear, and Shonda Rhimes. The powerful show has now inspired a corresponding body of music in the form of the J. Period-led mixtape RISE UP! Jesse Williams, Rhymefest, Aloe... Read more

The Game Lists His Top 3 Los Angeles Lyricists Of All-Time (Video)

The Game joined The Breakfast Club on Friday (9/23) for an extended conversation. There ostensibly to promote his forthcoming album, 1992, he spent the vast majority of his time discussing his current beef with Meek Mill, including vast details about its genesis, the making of his scathing "Pest Control" diss,... Read more

Xzibit & Bishop Lamont Get In Battle Rap Mode For Their Brolic Video

A decade ago, Bishop Lamont was Dr. Dre's key protege at Aftermath Entertainment. The Carson, California native would never release much to the public during his time at the high profile label, but has been on a tear in the many years since. From Caltroit to stellar appearances alongside DJ... Read more

Listen To The Best Hip-Hop of February (& January) 2016 In One Playlist (Audio)

The month of February brought many surprises in Hip-Hop. DJ Premier partnered with ambient songstress Yuna, for some boom bap vibe music. Blu rocked on a 45 King track reminiscent of "Hard Knock Life." Kendrick Lamar and Ice Cube got funky with Funkadelic. The Game waxed poetic with nothing but... Read more

Xzibit Cast As Crooked Record Executive In Upcoming “Empire” Episodes

Veteran MC Xzibit has made a solid career out of acting. In addition to his hosting on series such as MTV's Pimp My Ride, the onetime Loud Records star lyricist has appeared in XXX: State Of The Union, 8 Mile, and TV reboot Hawaii Five-O. According to Deadline, Mr. X-to-the-Z... Read more

Xzibit Swings Hard, In Support Of Bishop Lamont In This Combative Collabo (Audio)

Just days after a standout feature for Koache, Xzibit does it again. The platinum MC gets down with Bishop Lamont, who is a fellow Dr. Dre affiliate of the mid-2000s. "Back Up Off Me" is a single from Lamont's perceived 2016 debut, The Reformation. As the title suggests, the record—featuring... Read more

Xzibit Moves Forward With Bars That Will Take Yiu Back (Audio)

Xzibit and Nottz go back. On the acclaimed 2000 LP Restless, the Virginia producer/MC shared a track with Dr. Dre in "U Know." Z-to-the-Z and Nottz Raw would work again on the first Serial Killers project a couple years ago. This time, the V-A to C-A link surrounds Los Angles,... Read more

This Little Boy Blues Record Was A Seed Of Love For Some Brooklyn Rap Giants (Audio)

Little Boy Blues released a single album, 1968's In The Woodland Of Weir. The Psychedelic Garage Rock outfit fronted by "Little Boy Blue" Ray Levin, would eventually rise to open for the Rolling Stones, The Association, and Lovin' Spoonful. Formed four years before the Fontana Records LP, the band was... Read more

15 Years Ago, Xzibit’s Restlessness Helped Make Him a Household Name (Editorial)

On December 12, 2000, Los Angeles, California-based MC Xzibit dropped his third album, one that arrived at a curious juncture in his musical and professional careers. Already considered a West Coast favorite thanks to the grassroots and Underground support of his sophomore effort 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz, the streets... Read more

Xzibit’s Rapping With A Chip On His Shoulder Again, Alongside B-Real & Demrick (Audio)

Two years to the month removed from the premier, self-titled Serial Killers mixtape project, Xzibit, B-Real, and Demrick (f/k/a Young De) are back at it with the bar brutality. "Hang 'Em High" is the latest audio glimpse from Murder Show, coming October 30 from the Killers. Mr. X-to-the-Z in particular... Read more

It’s Official. Dr. Dre’s First Album in 16 Years Will Be Released Friday.

As we reported earlier today, Dr. Dre announced the release of his first album since 1999's 2001 today on his The Pharmacy show on Apple Music. The album is titled Compton: The Soundtrack and will hit stores on August 7. He confirmed the album is completely different than the infamous... Read more

Raekwon & Ghostface Killah Premiere the Trailer for a Documentary on The Purple Tape (Video)

Nas' Illmatic was not the only Hip-Hop classic worthy of a documentary. Over the weekend at The Sundance Film Festival, a trailer was premiered for The Purple Tape Files, a forthcoming film about the making of Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx..., guest starring Ghostface Killah as Tony Starks. The... Read more

Finding The GOAT (Round 2): Eminem vs. Xzibit…Who You Got?

We have reached the second round in the ultimate battle for the title of the GOAT (Greatest of All-Time). We are asking you to help us rank who is the greatest MC to pick up a mic. We will take over 35 years of Hip-Hop into consideration, pairing special match-ups... Read more

Finding The GOAT: Treach vs. Xzibit…Who You Got?

As we continue the ultimate battle for the title of the GOAT (Greatest of All-Time), we are asking you to help us rank who is the greatest MC to pick up a mic. We will take over 35 years of Hip-Hop into consideration, pairing special match-ups in a sequence not... Read more

Ras Kass & Apollo Brown Allow All To Hear The Blasphemy (Album Stream)

Today (October 28), Ras Kass & Apollo Brown release Blasphemy. As label Mello Music Group likes to do, the album is available for free, full stream, enticing your support, should you feel so compelled. This MC/producer tandem brings the Carson, California veteran lyricist to the Michigan-based beat-master/member of The Left,... Read more

Ras Kass, Xzibit, Royce Da 5’9″ & Bishop Lamont Are On A Brutal Lyrical Safari (Audio)

Whoa! From Ras Kass & Apollo Brown's upcoming Blasphemy album, the tandem releases "Giraffe Pussy." While the title possibly conjures up some difficult images, the song itself is one of the biggest, most brutal lyrical super-collaborations this year. Xzibit, who rocked with Razzy since the Golden State Warriors days (with... Read more

This Week Brought a Mind-Blowing Freestyle from Lupe Fiasco, Deep Knowledge From Ab-Soul & More (Video)

This week, Lupe Fiasco delivered a freestyle that put him in Sway's top 10 of ALL-TIME. Ab-Soul decoded his Stigmata verse using strictly Jay Z lyrics. Pharoahe Monch flexed his surprisingly strong singing skills. M.O.P. blew out Summer Jam with The Roots. A$AP Mob rocked an off the dome cypher.... Read more

Take A Journey With The Serial Killers, Better Known As B-Real, Xzibit & Demrick (Video)

Slightly (and perhaps intentionally) under the radar, multi-platinum super-group The Serial Killers are still plotting. The trio of B-Real, Xzibit and Demrick are approaching music with the steel-sharpens-steel approach, as two '90s lyrical giants in B and X-to-the-Z find excitement in Young De to call back to those earlier lyrical... Read more

B-Real & Demrick Unite All The Great Weed Smoking MCs In Angels Come Calling (Video)

B-Real, Demrick and Xzibit formed the Serial Killers recently. The super-group carries with it one Likwit MC as well as the "Hits From The Bong" co-creator. With all sorts of substance-users in tact, two-thirds of the group made a thoughtful track, "Angels Come Calling." For the video, B-Real and the... Read more

Want To See The Roots Of Big Pun? Check Out This Slept-On Documentary Featuring DMX & Redman (Video)

Because his time in the spotlight was so brief, there's often times a lot left out in the representation of Big Pun in the mainstream media. He's a Bronx, New Yorker, a protege of Fat Joe, who is the first Latin solo Hip-Hop artist to go platinum, and his Capital... Read more

Check Out Jay Shells Hitting L.A. With Street Signs Of Lyrics By Ice Cube, DJ Quik, Xzibit & Kendrick Lamar (Video)

Previously, artist Jay Shells canvased the streets of New York at Hip-Hop lyric landmarks with street signs reminding those in the know. These discreet-looking acts of guerilla street art were a hit to Heads in passing, as well as on the Internet. Now Shells hits the streets of L.A., placing... Read more

Serial Killers (B-Real, Demrick & Xzibit) Start a Riot with Wanted (Video)

Serial Killers (B-Real, Demrick and Xzibit) release the video for Wanted. The visuals depict a riot scene that closely matches the lyrical molotov cocktails being tossed by the MCs. Check it out below. Related: B-Real, Demrick & Xzibit - Serial Killers (Mixtape)... Read more

Xzibit, B Real & Demrick Are Halloween Serial Killers (Mixtape)

Delegates from the Likwit Crew, Cypress Hill, and Tangled Thoughts link up for Serial Killers. The trio drops a self-titled mixtape featuring Hospin, Jon Connor, and Tha Eastsidaz' Goldie Locc. Ill Bill, Nottz, DJ Khalil, and (get this!) Sir Jinx as well as DJ Lethal provides beats. Click here to... Read more

Xzibit, B Real & Demrick (Serial Killers) – The First 48 (Video)

The three-headed lyrical monster of Xzibit, B Real, and Demrick have emerged with the latest song/video from their upcoming Serial Killers project. The title of the track is "The First 48," and will serve as the fitting intro to their album. As the track suggests, it features each MC spitting... Read more

Serial Killers (Xzibit, Demrick and Cypress Hill’s B-Real) Release Legends Never Die Featuring Ea$y Money and Produced by Statik Selektah (Audio)

The latest release from the recently formed group Serial Killers (comprised of Xzibit, B-Real and Demrick) is driven by an acoustic guitar and has a vibe similar to some of Everlast's solo material post-House of Pain. It is reflective and moody, yet catchy. Check out the aptly titled Legends Never... Read more

B-Real & Demrick (Serial Killers) – Bodybags ft Xzibit

After confirming this project earlier this month, fans get a first glimpse of the Serial Killers' self-titled project. This includes Cypress Hill lead MC B-Real and longtime protege Demrick (who also came up in the Kurupt-backed Tangled Thoughts clique). The Serial Killers features strong involvement from Xzibit, who drops in... Read more

B-Real & Xzibit Confirm “Serial Killers” Project (Video)

Puff, puff, pass. In the latest edition of the SmokeBox interview series, Xzibit drops by and sparks more than just a conversation with Cypress Hill’s B-Real. During the session-meets-interview, both veteran Sony Records star MCs confirmed their collaborative project named Serial Killers. The project is a three headed monster also... Read more

Tony Touch – V.I.P. ft Too Short, Xzibit & Kurupt

Tony Touch links with Too Short, Xzibit and Kurupt on his latest. Check out V.I.P. Related: Tony Touch – It’s a Queens Thing ft Action Bronson & Kool G. Rap (Audio)... Read more

Xzibit – Up Out the Way ft E-40 (Video)

After smashing the West Coast Cypher, Xzibit and E-40 are back with a new video. Check out Up Out the Way. Related: The West Coast Cypher ft Xzibit, E-40, Kendrick Lamar, YG, Snoop and DJ Quik (Video)... Read more

The Making of the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards West Coast Cypher (Video)

The West Coast Cypher featuring Snoop, Kendrick Lamar, E-40, Kurupt, YG, Xzibit and DJ Quik was definitely one of the best of the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards. Here's a behind the scenes look at the making of the cypher, that includes interviews with Snoop, E-40, Quik and DJ Premier. Check... Read more

Check out all of the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cyphers featuring DJ Quik, DMX, Mystikal, Eve, Childish Gambino, Ab-Soul, Xzibit, Kendrick Lamar and more below (Video)

There were some strong verses from OGs and young guns in this year’s Cyphers. Below are all the Cyphers, including verses from DMX, Eve, Jean Grae, Ab-Soul, Talib Kweli, Childish Gambino, Driicky Graham, Schoolboy Q, Mystikal, Snoop, DJ Quik, E-40, Kurupt, Xzibit and Kendrick Lamar, starting with the West Coast... Read more

Xzibit – Close Up Documentary (Video)

Here's a dope mini-documentary on Xzibit. It takes you through the story of his life before hip-hop, shows footage of him on tour and gives a glimpse of his preparation for the release of his new album Napalm. Check out Xzibit: Close Up. Related: Xzibit – Enjoy the Night ft... Read more

Xzibit – Enjoy the Night ft Wiz Khalifa & David Banner

Here's the latest from Xzibit. Check out Enjoy the Night ft Wiz Khalifa and David Banner. Related: Xzibit – Napalm (Video)... Read more

2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher Previews (Video)

The 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards tape tomorrow in Atlanta and air on Tuesday, 10/9. As the show draws closer a couple of Cypher previews have surfaced. First up, is a West Coast cypher featuring Snoop Dogg, DJ Quik, E-40, Kurupt, Xzibit and YG. Next is a Ruff Ryders cypher preview... Read more

Xzibit – Up Out the Way ft E-40

Here's some more new music from Xzibit. Check out Up Out the Way featuring E-40. Related: Xzibit – Louis XIII ft King T & Tha Alkaholiks (Prod. Dr. Dre)... Read more

Xzibit – Louis XIII ft King T & Tha Alkaholiks (Prod. Dr. Dre)

Xzibit unites with some West Coast OGs on his latest track. Check out King XIII featuring King T & Tha Alkaholiks and produced by Dr. Dre. Related: Xzibit - Man on the Moon + What It Is (Videos)... Read more

The 19th most important hip-hop record label of all time is…

#19 Loud Records Steve Rifkin may not be a household name like Suge Knight, Sean "Puffy" Combs or Baby aka The Birdman, but his impact on hip-hop is enduring just the same. In the 90's, his Loud Records put out some of the grimiest hip-hop that had ever been heard.... Read more

Ready to Go by Demrick (Young De) sounds like a joint from the late 80s. It’s just an ill drum beat and dope rhymes.

The song features Xzibit and Brevi and Scoop DeVille is on the track. Check it out. Click here to download. The track is reminiscent of something from these cats: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0CZkhQt8xw... Read more

Xzibit is back on the scene with a couple of really hot joints.

Check out the videos for Man on the Moon and What It Is, both featuring dope verses from Young De. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oikwWIFmwIU&feature=player_embedded http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnfD5wOOK1Y&feature=player_embedded... Read more

Two underground legends, Defari and Madlib, connect on Puro. Check out the video.

The Likwit Crew never got the props they deserved.  King Tee, Tha Alkaholiks and Xzibit were sikwidit. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRtouB7ZiQs&feature=player_embedded Here's some of that Likwit goodness: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL-idMUSekU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2clm68lcsQQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H91kWpUNiwU... Read more

When’s the last time you heard Xzibit? Check him out on Don’t Believe You by Slim the Mobster.

The track is produced by Nottz. If you missed Nottz's album, it was one of the better ones of 2010. Click here to download.... Read more