Weapons of Mass Destruction [Special Edition]

Weapons of Mass Destruction [Special Edition]

by Xzibit

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Weapons of Mass Destruction [Special Edition]

Not nearly as star-studded as his past two albums, Restless (2000) and Man vs Machine (2002), Xzibit's fifth album, Weapons of Mass Destruction, is a more focused effort, boasting an aggressive tone, a high-quality production roster, and a potent club track by Timbaland, "Hey Now (Mean Muggin)." There are several other highlights, including "Lax," "Criminal Set," "Tough Guy," and "Klack," but there's also a substantial amount of filler. Xzibit clearly is trying to distance himself from his last album, Man vs Machine, which proved a bust commercially, despite its roll call of well-known talent, including Dr. Dre and DJ Premier. Weapons of Mass Destruction does sound a lot different from its predecessor, though it's not necessarily an improvement. Rather, it sounds as if Xzibit is unsure of which direction to head creatively: back to his roots as an underground rapper, or for a contemporary commercial sound that appeals to a mass audience? Parts of Weapons of Mass Destruction, particularly the Strong Arm Steady collaborations, are reminiscent of Xzibit's first two albums, At the Speed of Life (1996) and 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz (1998); yet other parts of the album, particularly tracks such as the aforementioned Timbaland collaboration, featuring R&B singer Keri Hilson, are reminiscent of his post-stardom albums, Restless and Man vs Machine, when he was shooting for the charts. The end result is an album that doesn't gel together well as a whole, albeit one that thankfully includes a handful of highlights worth checking out for fans. [In conjunction with the standard edition, Sony Urban Music released a special edition of Weapons of Mass Destruction that offers premium packaging -- a very nice booklet with appealing artwork, as opposed to the cost-saving fold-out insert that accompanies the standard edition -- as well as a bonus DVD with behind-the-scenes studio footage and interviews.]

Product Details

Release Date: 12/14/2004
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969348628
catalogNumber: 93486

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Xzibit   Primary Artist
Dion & the Timberlanes   Vocals
Butch Cassidy   Vocals
Suga Free   Vocals
Jelly Roll   Vocals
John F. Rodgers   Keyboards
Tone   Vocals
Daniel Silver   Guitar
Mitchy Slick   Vocals
Truth Hurts   Vocals
Daniel Seeff   Bass,Guitar
Khalil   Keyboards
Dontae Winslow   Horn,Vocals
Divine Order Horns   Horn
Krondon   Vocals
Joshua Craig Podolsky   Guitar
Mashica Winslow   Vocals
Dee Ray   Skit
Strong Arm Steady   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Joe Walsh   Composer
David Drew   Composer
DJ Hi-Tek   Producer,Engineer
Terry Franklin   Composer
Kevin "D.J. Battlecat" Gilliam   Composer
Richard Huredia   Engineer
Charles Mitchell   Composer
Jerry Peters   Composer
Keith Shocklee   Composer
Terry Trabandt   Composer
Rich Tufo   Composer
Eric Sadler   Composer
Lane Tietgen   Composer
Lynn Mack   Composer
Jinx   Producer,Engineer
Marvin Jones   Composer
Xzibit   Executive Producer
Ras Kass   Introduction
Jelly Roll   Producer
Timbaland   Producer
Thayod Ausar   Producer
Rick Rock   Producer
James McClelland   Composer
Tim Mosley   Composer
Mystro   Producer
Danny "Butch" Means   Composer
Jason Smith   Composer
John F. Rodgers   Instrumentation
Battlecat   Producer
Ricardo "Rick Rock" Thomas   Composer
Daniel Silver   Sound Effects
Denaun Porter   Composer
Chris Feldmann   Art Direction
Demacio Castellon   Engineer
Keri Hilson   Composer
Mister Cartoon   Logo
Khalil   Producer
Sean Tallman   Engineer
Devin DeHaven   Producer
J.R. Rotem   Composer
Michael Magallon   Author
Jermaine "Janky" Salmond   Director
Latonya Givens   Composer
Eric Banks   Composer
Trevor Smith   Composer

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