Xzibit :: Restless Xposed
Video: Fortress DVD
Author: Steve 'Flash' Juon
Over the years, Xzibit has received a lot of love from underground rap fans,
even though commercially he's had a hard time scoring large-scale success.
Since Xzibit finally blew the way he deserved to with the "Restless" album,
this follow-up DVD release could in a lot of ways be considered a "thank you"
to those very same fans who got him where he is today.
We all know there are "live in concert" tapes and DVD's, and we all know
there are "best music video" compilations of the same. Refusing to bow
down to the limitations of either format, "Restless Xposed" is BOTH -
equal parts crazy footage from recent shows and the songs his fans know
and love that blew up on BET, MTV, Much Music and beyond. In a few cases,
the two are even seamlessly blended together, as on chapter 35 when a
live performance of "Paparazzi" is merged straight into his music video
without missing a beat. It's not an impossible trick to achieve, but
the excellence of the editing is still worth taking time to applaud.
Like Xzibit's music itself, the DVD reflects
both the serious and the silly sides of the rapper that make him such
a charismatic figure in hip-hop. If you're not laughing your ass off
when "The Gofer" is introduced as the newest member of the crew, then
you're taking shit way too seriously. Some serious clowning also takes
place as the tour bus crosses from Canada into the U.S. following a truck
with.. well, let's just say it's pretty nasty. The fun is not just
limited to the bizarre events of being on the road though - X to the Z
mugs like crazy with the rappers and producers travelling with him and
appearing at his shows. After Eminem and Xzibit present what could
be called a low-budget video for "Don't Approach Me", Em gets to show
off his acting skills by performing Xzibit's rap from "What's the
Difference" so much like the X man he's left stunned!
It'a also nice to see a selection of Xzibit's best videos compiled
together on this one album. The incredible and groundbreaking
"What U See is What U Get" is here, as well as "Year 2000" from the
movie "Black and White," a song which unfortunately didn't make the cut
on his last LP. Also included are the videos for "X" and "Front 2
Back" from +Restless+, as well as a video for the song "Foundation"
from the album "At the Speed of Life" included in "bonus materials."
Whatever clearance issues Fortress DVD had getting music videos for
Tha Liks DVD seem to have been completely resolved on this release,
as it's as fine a compilation of mini-movies set to song from a
single artist as one could ask for.
In fact, there's so much material on this DVD that it's really hard to
take it all in with just one sitting. You can't even front on the
clipped bonus material they couldn't logically edit into the main
Xzibit presentation; such as the aforementioned "Foundation" video
as well as live performances of "Alkaholik" with Tha Liks and
"Say it Twice" with Defari Herut. Some artists will release a DVD
that's like a burger and fries, but director Devin DeHaven has
created a home video that is a virtual SMORGASBOARD of rap dopeness
featuring one of hip-hop's best artists. You can't even afford to
skip over the credits at the end, otherwise you'd miss getting a
chance to see "Pussy Galore" - and trust me, she's worth it! Even
if you were only a casual Xzibit fan but wanted to buy a hip-hop
related DVD, this would be the one MUST-HAVE release of 2001;
much like the "Restless" album was one of 2000's best CD's - and
both will hold up for years of repeated replay!
Content: 9 of 10
Fun Factor: 9 of 10
TOTAL Vibes: 9 of 10
Originally posted: December 13, 2001