Chuck Mindenhall
December 06, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

It seems that each new enterprise this gruff-voiced Cali rapper undertakes?hosting Pimp My Ride, acting?comes at the expense of his MC-ing. Working for the first time sans Dr. Dre’s production skills, X delivers a disc rich in slopey synth blips and blops but ultimately as unrewarding as it is conflicted. To wit: the hyper-conscientious political statement in ”Cold World” next to the Glock party in ”Tough Guy.”

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