I have memories of listening to Paparazzi on rotation on my walkman sharing a headphone with a mate, while we drank in the park. As a long time fan of Xzibit, it totally took me by suprise when he started working with Dre and Eminem and began to blow up on a more commercial level. Now better know for modifying cars than hip hop, Xzibit recently toured Australia hitting every two horse town on the map. Here are some photos from Sydney.
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When I’m not listening to songs about sex, money and violence, I like to fill the room with one of my favourite French romantic composers, Gabriel Faure. Pavane in F-Sharp Minor is a piece he composed in 1887, and was sampled more than 100 years later by Xzibit. At the time when he wrote it, he was unhappily married and earning very little for his compositions, which were selling for about 50 Francs to the publisher. He was a bit of a depressive, pedantic sort of a chap. In his time off from his day job working as a church organist, he would write these large scale works and a couple piano pieces, but unhappy with how they were received he would destroy them just after a few performances. Here is the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra playing one that thankfully survived.