What U See Is What U Get

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"What U See Is What U Get"
Single by Xzibit
from the album 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz
B-side "3 Card Molly"
Released July 6, 1998
Recorded 1997-1998
Genre Rap, West Coast hip hop, Horrorcore
Length 4:26
Label Loud
Writer(s) Alvin Joiner
Producer(s) Jesse West
Xzibit (Co-produced)
Xzibit singles chronology
"Eyes May Shine
(1996)
"What U See Is What U Get"
(1998)
"Los Angeles Times"
(1998)

"What U See Is What U Get" is the first single from Xzibit's second album, 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz. In its first week the song reached #50 on the Billboard Hot 100. It remains Xzibit's highest charting single as it peaked at #3 on Hot Rap Singles. This song was considered to be his biggest hit by fans, until Xzibit outperformed himself two years later with the release of "X". The song was featured in a mash-up on the Loud Rocks Album ft. Sevendust. What U See Is What U Get is considered, by about.com, the 88th best rap song of all time [1]

Music video[edit]

A music video directed by Gregory Dark was filmed in Los Angeles. The deceptively simplistic premise of the video is Xzibit's trek to a nearby shop after being asked to pick up some milk. On his way, Xzibit greets several friends, briefly performs in a local concert and even finds a dropped one hundred-dollar bill. However, he also crosses paths with various chaotic incidents including a carjacking, bombing, shooting, and store looting; all of which he walks past unshaken. In the end, Xzibit is able to pick up the milk and make his way home, only to be told that they also needed hot sauce and asked to go back out again. The video closes with a dedication to then-recently-deceased music video director Michael Lucero. Lucero's production company, What You See Is What You Get(?UC-IS-?U-GET) had produced and Lucero had directed the music videos for Xzibit's songs "Paparazzi" and "The Foundation".[2] The music video peaked at #1 during 6 weeks at BET's Rap City.

Tracks[edit]

12"

  1. "What U See Is What U Get" - 5:09
  2. "What U See Is What U Get" (instrumental) - 5:09
  3. "3 Card Molly" - 3:58
  4. "3 Card Molly" (instrumental) - 3:58

Promo

  1. "What U See Is What U Get" w/o intro (clean) - 4:21
  2. "What U See Is What U Get" w/ intro (clean) - 4:31
  3. "What U See Is What U Get" (LP version) - 5:12
  4. "What U See Is What U Get" (instrumental) - 5:09

Charts[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
position
Billboard Hot 100 50
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 34
Billboard Hot Rap Singles 3

Year-End charts[edit]

End of year chart (1998) Position
Billboard Hot Rap Singles[3] 33

References[edit]

  1. ^ Top 100 Rap Songs
  2. ^ XzibitCentral.com (January 13, 2007). Xzibit- What U See Is What U Get. Youtube. Accessed September 24, 2007.
  3. ^ "Billboard Year-End Hot Rap Singles - 1998". Retrieved 2011-09-11.