Over the past weekend, rapper Xzibit was hard at work, filming two brand new music video for his upcoming, seventh studio LP MMX.
While the west coast vet was focused on filming the visuals for the two songs, “Hurt Locker” and “Phenom”, with director Matt Alonzo (Skee.TV), he was also enjoying a first in his career — showing his brother Jason, who has been incarcerated for nearly 15 years in Michigan, what the set of a music video was like.
During a break from shooting, we sat with both X and Jason in the rapper’s tour bus to talk about their reunion, and how it felt to experience Xzibit’s return to music … once again.
“If you listen to my records — 40 Days, 40 Nights — our history goes back to … it’s ridiculous,” Xzibit told BallerStatus.com, referring to the history he and his brother have. “The things we survived in order to get to surviving (laughs). It’s deep. We not gonna get all into that, but like I said, it took a long time for us to get to this point.”
“I’m just happy to be here, seeing him put the work in. Watching my family together, I mean … it took a long time to get here, but we here now,” Jason added, before revealing a story about their childhood.
“When X was younger, he won a blue ribbon, man. I think you were in the sixth grade? Something like that,” he asked his famous bro.
“O God. Please don’t embarrass me,” X replied, laughing.
“[It was] sixth grade for some rapping man. From there, I knew exactly what he was gonna do. Anything he puts his mind to, he’s always been consistent and persistent with it. The guy knows what he’s doing,” Jason said. “He’s a good businessman. He puts the right people around him and I don’t expect nothing less man. I’m just here to pay attention (laughs).”
During our chat, Xzibit was in the middle of filming shots for his Scoop Deville-produced first single, “Hurt Locker”.
The song serves as a appetizer for what’s to come from MMX, which stands for “2010” in the Roman numerals. And for many fans, some of first new music from the rapper since 2006’s Full Circle.
Yes, it’s been over four years since X has dropped an album. While you’ve seen him in movies — such as Gridiron Gang and 2008’s The X-Files — Xzibit has been dealing with personal issues behind the scenes, he didn’t delve too deep into.
But he’s back, and this time around he’s taking his time to craft a quality project, unlike Full Circle, which he admits he recorded and dropped in just two months.
“I went to Koch out of a matter of convenience,” X explained of his last solo effort. “I was in between seasons of ‘Pimp My Ride,’ and I just wanted to put some music out. I only had two months to record that record and it sounds like a record that was recorded in two months (laughs). But you know what? It fed my n****s for a little bit, and we got to put out some music that I felt like needed to happen at the time.
“Would I do it the same way now? Nah. It takes time and energy and input from a lot of people to really make a quality product. That’s how I feel now. I’m in a great place, I’m doing it on my pace, and I got a great team around me. That’s how [MMX] is gonna win, because everything I put my hands on and put time into, and wrap my head around and see it all the way through from A to Z, it blows up. That’s what I’m focused on now, Xzibit music,” the rapper continued.
Further details regarding the album are under wraps at the moment, but Xzibit plans to release new material, continuously, leading up to MMX’s release later this year. So, stay tuned.
“Hurt Locker” is currently being edited by director Matt Alonzo, and is set to debut soon, with the follow-up song “Phenom” coming sometime after.