Man Vs. Machine Rolling with gangsta-sonic hitmaker Dr. Dre may have made antiheroes of Snoop and Eminem, but gruff-voiced Xzibit is still seeking his place. Man vs. Machine… Man Vs. Machine Rolling with gangsta-sonic hitmaker Dr. Dre may have made antiheroes of Snoop and Eminem, but gruff-voiced Xzibit is still seeking his place. Man vs. Machine… 2002-10-01 Xzibit Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

Man vs. Machine (2002)

Xzibit | 'MACHINE' WASH Xzibit's hung out to Dre with a disc of routine rap
Image credit: Xzibit: Holly Harris/Retna
'MACHINE' WASH Xzibit's hung out to Dre with a disc of routine rap
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Oct 01, 2002; Lead Performance: Xzibit; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Rolling with gangsta-sonic hitmaker Dr. Dre may have made antiheroes of Snoop and Eminem, but gruff-voiced Xzibit is still seeking his place. Man vs. Machine, his fourth album (second under Dre's umbrella), finds him trying on the thinking-man's-thug role -- with moderate success. (See ''Release Date,'' the clever prison-as-metaphor opener.) Ultimately, though, Xzibit's best efforts are done in by the usual culprits -- misogyny, crudity, and blinding bravado. Rather than stand out, he merely fits right in.

Originally posted Oct 07, 2002 Published in issue #677 Oct 11, 2002 Order article reprints