Current events are on Xzibit's mind judging by "State of the Union," in which a heavily edited George W. Bush is made to say, "The tyrant is me." For the most part, however, X sticks to the usual motifs: the gangsta life ("Ride or Die"), those damn women ("Crazy Ho") and so on. As a result, the main attraction is often his delivery, which is crisp and authoritative even on tracks that fail to rise above the ordinary.
It's not that Xzibit's approach is radio-hostile: The propulsive "Hey Now (Mean Muggin')," overseen by Timbaland, sounds great coming out of a boombox. But most of the other vehicles on display are pretty stripped down. As any Pimp My Ride viewer knows, it pays to accessorize.