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Xzibit Talks ‘Napalm,’ Song Featuring Late Mother And Exiting MTV

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Billy Johnson, Jr.

Veteran hip-hop artist Xzibit discussed his latest album, Napalm, during a recent appearance on Yahoo! Music’s The Aftermath series, the best music discussion on the ‘net.

Keeping true to the Napalm title, X-to-the-Z actually shot ta music video for the album in Iraq. X offers details about filming the short in Saddam Hussein’s palace Victory Over America. 

The Napalm album also has special meaning for X because it includes the song “1983” that features his late mother, Trena Joiner. 1983 is the year his mother died. On the song, Joiner, a former poet, is heard sharing her philosophies on life and parenting. Xzibit breaks her speech-like talk into excerpts and inserts between them his own conversational narratives.

X also puts in context the song’s jab at MTV for its handling of his former show, Pimp My Ride. He accuses the network of playing him like a “mockery.”

X additionally shares some of the advice he’s given his eldest son, Tremaine, who is budding rapper Tre Capital.

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