The fact that Kottonmouth Kings have been around for 12 years and have just released their ninth album (“Cloud Nine”) was a surprising realization this year for frontman Brad “Daddy-X” Xavier.
“It seems like it’s been one long, continuous journey,” says Xavier, 38, who co-founded the pot-fixated California “rapcore” group with fellow vocalists Johnny Richter and Dustin “D-Loc” Miller after a tenure in the group Sub Noize Souljaz.
“We’ve pretty much been in this cycle of touring and making records for 10 years straight without ever taking a break. I would’ve never been able to predict 12 years ago, we’d still be touring and putting records out. We’re definitely blessed to keep doing it.”
Kottonmouth Kings, who plan to release a greatest hits album in 2008, have made some friends along the way — some of whom show up on “Cloud Nine,” which debuted at No. 44 on the Billboard charts in September. Among them are members of Cypress Hill and Tech N9ne, as well as Detroit’s own Insane Clown Posse, who add rhymes to the track “Think 4 Yourself.”
“I first met ICP prior to Kottonmouth Kings, when I was in a band called Humble Gods,” Xavier recalls. “We were on the same label and did tours together and developed a friendship. Throughout the years we’ve gravitated towards this same kind of underground arena and just kept that friendship going.
“So it was great to have them on a track for our album. They just killed it.”
Kottonmouth Kings and Big B & Dirtball perform at 7 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 25) at Clutch Cargo’s, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac. Tickets are $20. Call (248) 333-2362 or visit www.clutchcargos.com.