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At the Speed of Life Explicit Lyrics

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  • Audio CD (Aug. 24 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: RCA
  • Run Time: 49.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B00001IVOV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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1. Grand Opening (Interlude)
2. At The Speed Of Life
3. Just Maintain
4. Eyes May Shine
5. Positively Negative
6. Don't Hate Me (Interlude)
7. Paparazzi
8. The Foundation
9. Mrs. Crabtree (Interlude)
10. Bird's Eye View
11. Hit & Run (Part II)
12. Carry The Weight
13. Plastic Surgery
14. Enemies & Friends
15. Last Words (Interlude)

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At The Speed Of Life

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By A Customer on June 16 2004
Format: Audio CD
It's a rarity to find an emcee from the west coast with such lyrical dexterity and still happen to make it mainstream. Although the subject matter of his rhymes have gotten a bit more materialistic as his career blossomed, Mr. X to the Z is a force to be reckoned with. If you walk the streets and ask a 16 year old who Xzibit is, they'll tell you that he's, "that rapper who hosts 'Pimp My Ride.'" However, in '96 whent the conscious hip hop movement was nearing the end of its prime, a real hip hop head would've told you that he's the realest m...f... from the west coast. Besides, it must be proof that X is ill if he's priveleged enough to spit on a track with Talib Kweli. This album is his best work. Although primitive in beats, and rough around the edges, it should be recognized as a classic. Be sure to listen to 'Paparazzi,' 3 times over. It's an il track. 1
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This album is unbelievable. It has great production and obvioulsy X is on his game. Xzibit is one of the most underrated MC's out there and he deserves more respect. The best tracks on here are "Paparazzi" and "Foundation". "Paparazzi" is one of the best songs of the past decade. If you are a fan of west coast music, or rap in general, you need to cop this CD. Instant Classic.
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Not at all as good as Xzibit's other albums, though still some nice songs. Paparazzi, the Foundation, and Hit & Run Pt. II are nice songs, but there was alot of songs I didn't like. If you want Xzibit's best, then pick up "40 Dayz & 40 Nights" You should wait to buy this after you have the rest of Xzibit's albums.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa223375c) out of 5 stars 54 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa217fb40) out of 5 stars A lyrical masterpiece, great West Coast underground sound. July 19 2001
By Mister Hip-Hop - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Xzibit definitely had something going for him from day one. His lyrical depth and awareness is untouchable. Put that together with some great, rugged beats and you have At The Speed Of Life. Xzibit mainly clowns commercial rap which is fine with me. But also he takes on subjects such as life, females, gangsta tales, and sometimes just flat out lyricism. If you like Cash Money, do yourself a favor and don't buy this. If you like REAL hip-hop, you'll love this. The beats are dark, and the sound of this album is extremely East Coast. Actually, if Xzibit and his homies weren't claiming Los Angeles on this album, some of the tracks may even sound East Coast in a way. But it's still a classic from the intro to the outro. Also, Xzibit's joined by a lot of his friends, such as Tash, J-Ro, Hurricane G, King T, and others. The styles of beats range from classical loops, jazz tunes, and underground rappin' beats. "Gets you open like Nicole Brown Simpson".
The first song on the album is the deep, "At The Speed Of Life". Here Xzibit basically introduces himself, and what you're going to hear on the album. It has a heavy drum-beat, and a nice laid-back feel. One of my favorites is "Just Maintain". This song features J-Ro and Hurricane G, and they rip up fake rappers. The beat has this cool little keyboard loop I really like. "Eyes May Shine" has more of a menacing beat to it, which sounds really good, and strings in part of it. Xzibit gets rugged on this one, I love the way they put the chorus together on this track. "Positively Negative" almost has a Death Row-like sound to it, and features King T. The two talented emcees trade lines over a bumpin' beat. I now want to clear up this thing about "Paparazzi". This song doesn't sound radio friendly at all, in fact, it condemns fake gangsta rappers over a classical-loop. This is a great song, excellent pick for the first single to represent Xzibit. "The Foundation" is produced by DJ Muggs from Cypress Hill, it is a nice piano-laced track, and definitely has a message. Xzibit spits true game here. "Bird's Eye View" is HILARIOUS! It's a posse cut with Tash, J-Ro and Hurricane G along with E-Swift. J-Ro does a verse making metaphors fitting with alcohol for each city: Brew York, Mi-Ti-Ami, 40-O-hio, crazy lyrics! Xzibit and Tash rip it up too. Classic track. And when Tash says "Lookin' down on your Moms from a bird's eye view", it's bound to get someone laughing. "Hit And Run Part II" is a slower song, but has this great, laid-back keyboard lick. It's the most relaxing thing. Indescribable. Xzibit raps about females here, and there's a skit with Ron Hightower, from the Steve Harvey show. "Carry The Weight" is definitely the most personal song here. Xzibit talks about his life and the things that went wrong. It makes me sad every time I listen but it's true and beautiful. With another classic sample-loop. Then comes the funny songs again: "Plastic Surgery" featuring Ras Kass and Saafir. A song with a jazzy little bass loop, and the three perform "plastic surgery" on all fake emcees to enhance their styles. Classic. Funny song too.
To conclude, this whole album is quite good. It shouldn't be slept on. It's better than Xzibit's newer stuff, but that isn't bad either. Xzibit put it down here. No contest, check this one out.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa217fb94) out of 5 stars Xzibit's Highly Underrated Debut June 24 2002
By AG - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Xzibit opened his solo career with a bang on "At the Speed of Life" and even today this is one of the most intellectual and solid west coast albums. Xzibit and his crew, Tha Liks, have always been underrated lyricists and anyone listening to this album will be amazed with Xzibit, as his roughneck delivery combined with top notch lyrics hits your eardrums with a fury.
A lot of songs use a similar tactic that RZA used for "36 Chambers", in that the production gives a ruff and gritty edge to the songs. But make no mistake, this is west coast underground production in full force. "At The Speed of Life" accomplishes just this as Xzibit winds through an intellectual tale. "Just Maintain" has an Alkaholik vibe to it. Unfortunately it features Hurricane G. "Eyes May Shine" is one of the best beats of any rap CD. A chello (I believe) plays in and out of the song, creating a dark and rough feel, as Xzibit lyrically destroys everything around him. "Positively Negative" has a funky beat and King Tee's guest appearance is real solid. "Paparazzi" is one of the best rap songs ever made as Xzibit lashes out at rappers who disrespect the culture and are only in the rap game for money and fame. "The Foundation" is a unbelievable song that sees Xzibit giving advice to his newborn son over a great beat with piano keys and background singing. "Paparazzi" and "The Foundation" are the two best songs on the album, along with being the two best songs Xzibit has ever made. "Birds Eye View" is a hilarious song with the Alkaholiks. J-Ro completely steals the show with one of the best comedy verses of all-time when he uses state names as alcohol (Ore-gin). "Carry The Weight" is a great storytelling song. Most of it seems autobiographical adding to its impression. "Plastic Surgery" is a hilarious song with Saafir and Ras Kass.
The only two complaints I have are: why did Xzibit let Hurricane G be on the album? and there are too many skits (4 in all) that really serve no purpose.
But these are minor complaints as Xzibit puts out one of the west coasts best "underground" albums and disregards any notion that a westcoast emcee can't be a great lyricist. In fact Xzibit is a better lyricist than almost any rapper, no matter where they are from.
If you bought Xzibit's third LP "Restless" based on its larger promotion you definitely need to get this LP, and I recommend it to fans of general hip-hop. Sharp lyrics, mixed with solid production makes this a great LP.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa217ffcc) out of 5 stars Roughly softly March 20 2001
By Adrian Willings - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Alongside his new album entitled "restless" this is xzibits best work. The main thing that is so good about mr. x-z is his rough voice, which here is complemented (or maybe contrasted) by light, happy tunes and sometimes (as on the "Paparazzi") classical songs. It really works, on top of that, lyrically xzibit is extremly talented and the songs are deep. Unlike his other album "40 dayz and 40 nightz" this album is great from start to finish (except for the occassional annoying interlude) which is important. Also songs like "the foundation" and the "Paparazzi" really prove his talents. If your not sure about xzibit, or haven't heard his stuff before, buy this you wont regret it, then get "Restless". Top notch artist.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa21803a8) out of 5 stars Real Hip-Hop Nov. 23 1999
By P Nastee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Xzibit is the most underrated rapper in the game. This was one of the best albums of the year when it came out, but cats wasnt checkin for it. The CD comes out bangin. on "At The Speed of Life" you know from the door that this cat got skills. On "Paparazzi" he separates the real from the fake. The whole CD is bangin. No matter if youre from the East Coast or West Coast if youre truly into hip-hop than you gotta get this.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa21804c8) out of 5 stars Who Says West Coast MCs Can't Rhyme? (4.5 Stars) Sept. 30 2004
By Norfeest - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Being from the east coast, I have to say that in 1996, there weren't a lot of west coast MCs getting promotion over here unless they were signed to Death Row. I was actually blindsided by this album because I had never heard of Xzibit. When I first heard the singles "The Foundation" and "Paparazzi", I had no clue that this guy from the west. I actually thought he was from the east because of his potent lyrics (I know that was a generic compliment, but it's the truth). A lot the LPs being released in 1996 were either classic or near classic, so you had to drop classic or near classic material just to stand a chance. Just look at the material being released during this period:

Outkast: ATLiens

The Fugees: The Score

2 Pac: All Eyez On Me & Don Killuminati The 7 Day Theory

The Roots: Illadelph Halflife

Ras Kass: Soul On Ice

Jay Z: Reasonable Doubt

E 40: Hall Of Game

De La Soul: Stakes Is High

MC Ren: Da Villain In Black

Ghostface: Ironman

Redman: Muddy Waters

This was the level hip hop was at when Xzibit dropped his album. Back in '96 you had to be near classic for anyone to even listen to you. So it's no surprise really that X to the Z dropped such a hot album at the time. At The Speed Of The Life has all the elements of a classic album. The production from E Swift, Diamond D, and Muggs is tight and the guest appearances are on bangin' (especially the criminally underrated Ras Kass and Tash).

There are some suspect joints that keep this album from reaching classic status though. Tracks like "Just Maintain" and "At The Speed Of Life" aren't bad, but they are boring and they keep this album from reaching the classic status that it is so deserving of. But the negative aspects of the album are kept to a minimum.

Overall, this has to be one of the best hip hop releases of 1996. It was heavily slept on though. Believe it or not, a lot of east coast heads still don't know that this album is even out. If you're just getting into Xzibit, then this is the album you should start with because not only is it his first album, it's also his best album. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

Standout Tracks: Plastic Surgery feat. Saafir & Ras Kass, Positively Negative feat. King Tee, The Foundation, Eyes May Shine, Carry The Weight, Paparazzi, Bird's Eye View feat. Tha Alkaholiks & Hurricane G (My Favorite)