Xzibit gives his views on the current state of hip-hop.
Xzibit was part of a panel discussion on Thursday, which was moderated by Justin Hunte and organized by Layzie Bone’s manager Steve Lobel as part of the Black Jewish Entertainment Alliance for Hip-Hop 50. The whole panel talks about the 50th anniversary of the Hip-Hop genre, and Xzibit slammed the current state of the genre.
“Hip Hop is huge,” said Xzibit in a clip shared by TMZ. “And it made so many people so much money, they think anybody can do it. Everyone feels that Hip Hop is so accessible that anybody can do it.”
“It’s become a mockery of itself. It’s become too accessible. There was a time that there was somebody that you had to go into their office and get an investment into your career. Now, if you just have a laptop and WiFi, you can be an artist, People do themselves a disservice by trying to participate in that.”
He continued. “We should have unionized. We should have had some kind of union, we shoulda had a board, we shoulda organized ourselves. ‘Cause right now, you know, becoming 50 years later we still don’t own sh-t.”
“So until we own it, until we control it, until we have a say who gets to f–kin call themselves this and call themselves that — like everybody else — it’s gonna continue to spiral out of control. And that’s why we’re not on the Billboard [2023 charts], because nobody is in the pilot seat guiding us to where we supposed to go. This is a billion dollar industry… But until we take the focus and we clean up our own backyard, it’s not going to have the same respect it that’s it garnished in the past.”
During the conversation, Layzie Bone also gave his view on rap music, and discredit some current female rappers content to gain popularity in the game.
Xzibit’s new album.
The Detroit rapper who last released a studio album “Napalm” 10 years ago in 2012, is prepping the release of his final project, reportedly titled “King Maker”. “Imma still do music,” he said about his plans after the album. “It’s just about me putting together a body of work that I have to go tour. It’s time to spend time with my family and spend time with the people who really support me and love me. Not saying that my fans don’t love me. But I really feel like this is time for me to spend my time wisely.”