I've been a fan of Xzibit since I copped his "Paparazzi" cassette single back in 1996, when I was finishing college at UCCS.
I grew up in Hip-Hop and the East Coast style of flowing was what I grew to love. Although he's from the West, Xzibit's flow captivated me and his words were not only fierce but heartfelt as well. I found Xzibit to be far a superior artist in that time because he reminded me of a field commander - not just giving orders, but leading in the fight.
This performance of "Thank You" was flawless and gripping! Seeing X as a man on the stage telling his fans "Thank You" in his own way was powerful and I could not remember ever seeing a performance like it.
Just like when I first saw that Paparazzi video with X on the beach with a stringed orchestra backing him, it was so good to see X do it again 10 years later.
Xzibit influenced my style when I used to rap as "Kid Kikit", and his music still influences me today. I started making "Orchestrated Hip-Hop" in 2001 because it's in me. "Thank You" to Xzibit for helping bring it out.