Napalm is the seventh studio album by American rapper Xzibit. It was released on October 9, 2012 through Open Bar Entertainment, making it his first album since 2006's Full Circle. It features guest appearances from Demrick, Slim the Mobster, The Game, Wiz Khalifa, Bishop Lamont, B-Real, Brevi, Crooked I, David Banner, E-40, King T, Prodigy, RBX, Tha Alkaholiks and Trena Joiner.

Napalm
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 9, 2012 (2012-10-09)
Recorded2010–12
Genre
Length69:05 (Normal Edition)
84:07 (Deluxe Edition)
LabelOpen Bar
Producer
Xzibit chronology
Full Circle
(2006)
Napalm
(2012)
Singles from Napalm
  1. "Phenom"
    Released: May 25, 2010
  2. "Up Out the Way"
    Released: September 4, 2012

The album debuted at number 150 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 3,200 copies in the United States.[1][2]

Background edit

After the commercial failure of his last studio album Full Circle in 2006, Xzibit was released from his contract with Koch Records and mainly focused on his acting career. No new material for a new studio album surfaced until 2009, when he released the song "Hurt Locker", followed by "Phenom" in early 2010 for his new studio album, then titled MMX (2010 in Roman numerals). But since none of the singles made a commercial impact, the album was not released that year, prompting him to change the name to MMXI. The album was renamed Restless 2 in late 2011 and again renamed to its current title after the success of his collaboration "Napalm" with Travis Barker for his mixtape Let the Drummer Get Wicked.

Singles edit

The album's single "Phenom" was released on May 25, 2010 on iTunes, produced by Risingson and features vocals from rapper Kurupt with whom Xzibit had already worked on previous albums, and G-Unit rapper 40 Glocc. The album's lead single "Up Out The Way" was released on September 4, 2012, featuring fellow West Coast rapper E-40 and was produced by Rick Rock. It was released on the radio Power 106, with Xzibit and DJ Felli Fel.[citation needed]

Critical reception edit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic66/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [4]
Drowned in Sound2/10[5]
HipHopDX3.5/5[6]
laut.de     [7]
RapReviews7.5/10[8]
Slant     [9]
XXLL (3/5)[10]

Napalm was met with generally favorable reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 66 based on six reviews.[3]

Matt Jost of RapReviews found the album "remarkably focused, not forsaking the established Xzibit sound but neither rehashing it".[8] HipHopDX writer said: "Napalm finds X fluctuating between trying to recapture the sound he perfected when he was cavorting with the Aftermath staff, and exploring elder statesmanship a la "Thank You" from 2006's Full Circle. When he goes too far in pursuit of either extreme, Napalm falters".[6] AllMusic's Fred Thomas wrote: "What's delivered is another robust collection of business as usual, with the surprising diversions adding just enough dimension to the album to even it out".[4] Ted Scheinman of Slant Magazine said: "Napalm comes on in old-school fashion, with beats as mere vehicles for lyrics, and lyrics that work on a reassuring number of levels".[9]

In a mised review, Christopher Minaya of XXL called the work "a well-rounded LP full of illustrative and cohesive tracks, while surviving a few average hooks, such as on 'Gangsta Gangsta'".[10] In a negative review, Richard Wink of Drowned in Sound stated: "Napalm is a long ass 18 track slog, and the pointless thug boasts scattered throughout the album".[5]

Track listing edit

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."State of Hip-Hop vs. Xzibit"Beat Butcha3:54
2."Everything"Rick Rock4:07
3."Dos Equis" (featuring The Game and RBX)Rick Rock4:05
4."Something More" (featuring Prodigy)Saukrates3:42
5."Gangsta Gangsta"DJ Chill4:16
6."Forever a G" (featuring Wiz Khalifa)E. Dan3:58
7."1983" (featuring Trena Joiner)Insane Wayne3:47
8."Stand Tall" (featuring Slim the Mobster)4:24
9."Spread It Out"21 The Producer3:38
10."Up Out the Way" (featuring E-40)Rick Rock4:23
11."Napalm"1500 or Nothin'4:15
12."Meaning of Life" (featuring Shilo Harris)Symbolyc One5:00
13."Louis XIII" (featuring King Tee and Tha Alkaholiks)Dr. Dre2:43
14."Enjoy the Night" (featuring David Banner, Wiz Khalifa and Brevi)David Banner3:46
15."Movies" (featuring The Game, Crooked I, Slim the Mobster and Demrick)Akon5:10
16."I Came to Kill" (featuring RBX)Illmind3:38
17."Killer's Remorse" (featuring B-Real, Demrick and Bishop Lamont)Focus...4:19
Total length:69:05
Bonus track
No.TitleProducer(s)Length
18."1983 Remix" (featuring Trena Joiner)Insane Wayne3:47
Total length:72:52
iTunes deluxe edition
No.TitleProducer(s)Length
19."Throw It Like It's Free" (featuring Black Milk, Phats and Tre Capital)1500 or Nothin'3:16
20."Crazy" (featuring B-Real, Demrick and Jelly Roll)Jelly Roll4:33
21."Phenom"Risingson3:26
Total length:84:07

Personnel edit

Charts edit

Chart (2012) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[11] 150
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[12] 21
US Top Rap Albums (Billboard)[13] 17

Release history edit

Region Date Format(s) Label
Germany[14] October 5, 2012 CD, digital download Open Bar Entertainment, EMI
Italy[15]
United States[16] October 9, 2012

References edit

  1. ^ Langhorne, Cyrus (October 17, 2012). "Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Steal Top 3, Machine Gun Kelly Shoots Up Top 5, Xzibit Blows Up The Chart". Wayback Machine. SOHH. Archived from the original on March 15, 2013. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  2. ^ Jacobs, Allen (October 17, 2012). "Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 10/14/2012 | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHopDX. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for Napalm - Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Thomas, Fred. "Napalm - Xzibit | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  5. ^ a b Wink, Richard (October 4, 2012). "Album Review: Xzibit - Napalm". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Kuperstein, Slava; Cooper, Roman (October 23, 2012). "Xzibit - Napalm". HipHopDX. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  7. ^ Fromm, Dani. "Die Wiederauferstehung des Eisbären". laut.de (in German). Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  8. ^ a b Jost, Matt (October 16, 2012). "RapReviews.com Feature for October 16, 2012 - Xzibit's "Napalm"". www.rapreviews.com. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  9. ^ a b Scheinman, Ted (October 10, 2012). "Review: Xzibit, Napalm". Slant Magazine. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  10. ^ a b Minaya, Christopher (October 13, 2012). "Xzibit, Napalm - XXL". XXL. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  11. ^ "Xzibit Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  12. ^ "Xzibit Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  13. ^ "Xzibit Chart History (Top Rap Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  14. ^ iTunes – Musik – „Napalm“ von Xzibit
  15. ^ iTunes – Musica – Napalm di Xzibit
  16. ^ iTunes – Music – Napalm (Deluxe Edition) by Xzibit

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