Xzibit
40 Dayz & 40 Nightz


3.5
great

Review

by Cracker Jack USER (5 Reviews)
October 18th, 2009 | 13 replies | 5,200 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Solid rap music from a guy who is more known for Pimp My Ride and Gridiron Gang than his music.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Unfortunately known more for pimping out people’s rides and internet memes, Xzibit’s past as a rapper is forgotten and lost in the tombs of time. His abandonment of the rap industry as of recent is slightly depressing, considering his start in the industry as an affiliate of the comical rap legends Tha Alkaholiks was pretty entertaining. Xzibit’s sophomore effort 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz isn’t the greatest album ever, but out of Tha Alkaholik’s camp, it’s one of the more entertaining and exhilarating releases out of the camp.

As a rapper, Xzibit is an aggressive emcee, and throughout the record needs to prove himself as the strongest rapper around his turf. His braggadocio as a rapper is entertaining, with at times mediocre lines delivered in a completely believable ways (“But see all that’s irrelevant/ it’s like trying to turn a whore celibate/ I dance with the devil for the hell of it”), but at the same time he has considerable wit, and even on the rare occasion, like on the Eminem-emulating “Shroomz”, and the Raekwon-esqe speeding crime story “Inside Job”, he can tell a good story. At least at the time of 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz, Xzibit was a considerably well-rounded MC.

For guest verses, Xzibit usually picks his Alkaholik affiliates, but occasionally goes outside that bubble. “3 Card Molly” is a punchlinefest that features Ras Kass and Saafir, and although some lines are just mean ("Picture yourself crushing Xzibit with all your tough talk/that's like Christopher Reeves doing the Crip Walk"), it’s a pounding and incredibly entertaining experience. On possibly the best track of the entire album, Xzibit gets a large chunk of Tha Alkaholiks crew together on the theatric funky “Let It Rain” which brings the best verse of the entire album from Tash, whose liquid flow drives this track to a perfect close (“And up next, we got the Likwitest/It's so drunk, it's ridiculous/When Tash got the mic, I swing my *** like Jack Nicklaus/I'm spinnin' this with niggas that slept on Likwidation/Cause no matter where you go, They know the reputation”).

Production is usually what makes or breaks a rap album; most lyrical rappers have a ear full of wax for beats, while some rappers who lack skills have an amazing ear. Xzibit’s problem with his last album was the fact that the production was confusing, as he was a very west coast rapper with beats that are almost uniformly east coast, and essentially that problem still reigns on this album. However, it’s much less of a ‘problem’ here, as Xzibit has stepped up his game enough for these beats. The problem on the production, is some of it is either way too simple, or way too boring for comfort. Minimalism reeps this album, and a lot of the time it is done tastefully (“3 Card Molly”, “Recycled Assassins”, and “Los Angelos”), but occasionally it backfires and just lacks a punch, like on the Ghostface-sampling “Nobody Like Me”, the murky vibes of “Handle Your Business” , or the ghastly “Focus”.

With 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz, Xzibit makes an unusually cohesive and all-around interesting rap album, with abilities that manage to stretch into punchlines, story-telling, and pure cockiness, which is all impressive in of itself, but the cast of guests and beats are usually solid. Any open minded music fan would be able to appreciate what this album manages to execute.


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Ragez
October 18th 2009



150 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

DAMNED AMPERSAND!

Essence
October 18th 2009



3556 Comments


typo in the summary

Ragez
October 18th 2009



150 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

caught it

Essence
October 18th 2009



3556 Comments


so when this dude collaborates on hip hop is it like pimp my album?

DeadToPain
October 18th 2009



694 Comments


"Rippin' up tracks like immigrant Chinese" makes complete sense. It alludes to the large number of Chinese immigrants that built the railroads in the late 1800's and early 1900's mostly in the western United States.

Good review though. Never really dug this dude, but to each, his own.

Ragez
October 18th 2009



150 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ah that means Saafir is much deeper and smarter than I would usually give him credit for haha.

DeadToPain
October 18th 2009



694 Comments


Yeah. Not saying it's rocket science or anything. These guys are from California, so I'm sure it was pretty well taught in public school's history courses.

Ragez
October 18th 2009



150 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i mean most rappers wouldn't reference this sorta thing tho. Saafir is a pretty interesting and weird rapper, gotta review one of his albums sometime.

MassiveAttack
October 18th 2009



2684 Comments


Didn't like I Heard It Today as me, am I right?

hydeyomoney
October 18th 2009



934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yep that would be it

illmitch
October 19th 2009



5429 Comments


sounds interesting, good review. i've never listened to xzibit. good production is a must for me, so i'll approach this with caution, but i'll definitely look into it, especially if the lyrics are as good as they seem.

MUNGOLOID
October 22nd 2009



4266 Comments


album cover fail

slipnslide
February 15th 2013



2640 Comments


bump



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