(2002) Restless

Xzibit

... read moreIt's only appropriate that Xzibit's highly anticipated, and often-delayed, Restless concluded hip-hop's millennial melting pot. After all, Xzibit's association with Dr. Dre and his Aftermath regime attached very lofty expectations to Restless; X was publicly anointed as the next MC expected to blow...

Explicit

59′:38″ 16 Songs

1
Intro / Restless
Xzibit
1:15
2
Front 2 Back
Xzibit
3:03
3
Been A Long Time
Xzibit
3:58
4
U Know
Xzibit
3:26
5
X
Xzibit
4:16
6
Alkaholik
Xzibit
3:39
7
Kenny Parker Show 2001
Xzibit
4:46
8
D.N.A (Drugs-N-Alkahol)
Xzibit
4:38
9
Double Time
Xzibit
2:51
10
Don't Aproach Me
Xzibit
4:37
11
Rimz & Tirez
Xzibit
4:52
12
Fucking You Right
Xzibit
3:43
13
Best Of Things
Xzibit
3:21
14
Get Your Walk On
Xzibit
3:40
15
Sorry I'm Away So Much
Xzibit
3:59
16
Loud & Clear
Xzibit
3:34
Released 02 April 2002, 2000 Loud Records, LLC

Review

It's only appropriate that Xzibit's highly anticipated, and often-delayed, Restless concluded hip-hop's millennial melting pot. After all, Xzibit's association with Dr. Dre and his Aftermath regime attached very lofty expectations to Restless; X was publicly anointed as the next MC expected to blow up. Surely, with Dre as executive producer and guest shots from Eminem, Snoop Dogg, and Dre himself, Xzibit was virtually assured of acquiring the mainstream success that eluded him on previous efforts (At the Speed of Life and 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz). Thanks largely to Dre's knob-twisting input, Restless became aural kin to Dre's own 2001 comeback vehicle, as the head-nod factor is immediately established on "Front to Back," the heavenly synth stabs "X," and "Get Your Walk On." The main flaw in Restless' formula lies primarily with Xzibit's extensive list of guest collaborators. While contributions from Dre ("U Know"), Snoop ("D.N.A."), and Eminem ("Don't Approach Me") are all welcomed, appearances from DJ Quik and KRS-One, among many others, take the focus off Xzibit's formidable lyrical boasting, which precludes Restless from forming a desired level of cohesiveness. On "X," Xzibit pledges to "Rearrange the game with my rugged sound," and he periodically delivers on that promise. However, it would have taken nothing short of a masterpiece for Xzibit to appease hip-hop's finicky masses. And while Restless isn't the crowning achievement many predicted, it is X to the Z's most consistent effort to date. ~ Matt Conaway