Infobox musical artist
Name = Xzibit
Img_capt = Xzibit performing live in
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Alvin Nathaniel Joiner
Born = Detroit, Michigan
Other names =
Genre = Hip hop
Occupation = Rapper,
actor, TV host
Years_active = 1995 – present
Label = Loud, Sony, Open Bar, Koch
Likwit Crew, Tha Alkaholiks, Ras Kass, Kurupt, Saafir, Jellyroll, X-Ecutioners
URL = [http://www.xzibit.com www.xzibit.com]
Alvin Nathaniel Joiner, better known by his
stage nameXzibit (pronounced as "exhibit"), is an American rapper, actor, and television personality. He is also known for hosting MTV's " Pimp My Ride". He has released a new album once every two years since his 1996 debut " At the Speed of Life" until his most recent "Full Circle", which was released in October 2006.
Rise to fame
Xzibit is a member of the West Coast Crew, a loose collective of West Coast rappers including
Tha Alkaholiksand King Tee. After touring with them in 1995, Loud Recordsreleased the young rapper's debut album, " At the Speed of Life" in 1996.He expanded his following with a series of albums beginning in the late 1990s, ultimately aligning himself with hip hop kingpin Dr. Dre. Xzibit's big breakthrough came when he joined Snoop Doggfor the Dr. Dre-produced hit, "Bitch Please." What followed were some high profile guest appearances on Dr. Dre's 6x platinum album "2001", on songs like "What's the Difference?" and "Some L.A. Niggaz". By this time, Dre had invited the young rapper to criss-cross America during summer 2000with the "Up in Smoke" tour which featured Snoop, Eminem, and Ice Cube, among many others. That winter, Loud released Xzibit's "Restless" with Dr. Dre as executive producer, which boasted the single "X". The song became the rapper's biggest hit yet since " What U See Is What U Get". [ [http://wm05.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:djfuxqegldde~T5 All Music Guide.] Xzibit charts. Accessed November 24 2007.] Xzibit returned with another album, "Man vs. Machine", yet again he fell a bit short of mainstream success, although he did manage to go gold. [ [http://www.xzibitcentral.com/biography.php Xzibit Biography.] ] He continued to collaborate with his closest West Coast colleagues, primarily Ras Kassand Saafirwith whom he formed The Golden State Project rap collective, [http://www.hiphop-elements.com/article/read/4/5187/1/ URL accessed on September 16 2006] and Tha Liks, along with bigger names like Snoop Doggand Eminem. His allegiance to the West Coast and former colleagues continued to win him much respect from his fans. "Weapons of Mass Destruction" followed two years later which also managed to go gold. [http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?resultpage=1&table=SEARCH_RESULTS&action=&title=Weapons%20of%20Mass%20Destruction&artist=&format=&debutLP=&category=&sex=&releaseDate=&requestNo=&type=&level=&label=&company=&certificationDate=&awardDescription=&catalogNo=&aSex=&rec_id=&charField=&gold=&platinum=&multiPlat=&level2=&certDate=&album=&id=&after=&before=&startMonth=1&endMonth=1&startYear=1958&endYear=2007&sort=Artist&perPage=25 Weapons of Mass Destruction.] RIAA. Accessed November 24 2007.]
Xzibit further established his international fame as the host of MTV's "
Pimp My Ride". Together with West Coast Customs(and after season four with Galpin Auto Sports) they refurbish and upgrade young people's old beat-up cars with detailed paint jobs, hi-tech audio entertainment, and a variety of extravagant custom, installations. [ [http://www.mtv.com/ontv/dyn/pimp_my_ride/series.jhtml "Pimp My Ride"] , www.MTV.com] Xzibit was also featured in a guest role as a rapper on the U.S. crime drama "". In 2006, Xzibit was featured in a parody of "Pimp My Ride" on the Adult Swimcartoon, "The Boondocks". Xzibit has appeared in an episode of " The Weakest Link" with other rappers like Rev Run, Nate Dogg, B-Realand Jermaine Dupri. He also appeared in the video for the song " Twisted Transistor" by KoЯn.
Xzibit has appeared in several acting roles on the big screen. He portrayed Duncan in "
Full Clip" in 2004and Dexter in " Derailed" in 2005, and he played Chief Grizzly in the animated movie " Hoodwinked" that year. He also played Zeke in ' in 2005, and in 2007 he co-starred along with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in the movie " Gridiron Gang". He also had a cameo role as a freestyling co-worker of Eminem's at New Detroit Stamping in "8 Mile". He played an FBI agent in 2008's '. [ [http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i7c5caf365ab6a9b896e30bce25086ad5 Threesome mark spots for 'X-Files' ] ]
Xzibit provided the voice for Abbott in the critically acclaimed 2004 video game, "".Xzibit is featured in the fighting game, "", being aligned to Snoop Dogg's (who lends his likeness and voice to the character Crow) group and fights with kickboxing-like attacks. Xzibit is also in the video game for "
Pimp My Ride". Xzibit is the main player's "guide" in " NFL Street 2" and appears as a quarterback, and is also the narrator of the tutorial mode. His song "The Mad In Game" was in " Madden NFL 2001" and he was an unlockable character on Team ECKO.
J-Ro and the Likwit Crew
Xzibit had started his career with the
Likwit Crew, but after being " co-signed" by Dr. Dre and associating with his camp in the late 90s, Xzibit began to distance himself from his former crew.Xzibit later claimed that he could have gained fame without Tha Alkaholiks, the flagship group of the Likwit Crew, and criticized the crew's founder King Tee. J-Rowould respond on "Look Out (Tha X Homie)", a simmering criticism of Xzibit which, among other claims, dismisses his gangsta posturing as a supposed Crip, and criticizes his previous attacks on Jermaine Dupri while ignoring Snoop Dogg's criticisms. [ [http://www.eurweb.com/story/eur8571.cfm EURweb.com - Black Entertainment | Black News | Urban News | Hip Hop News ] ] Xzibit did not respond to J-Ro, and things have calmed down since then. Xzibit has since resumed collaborations with The Alkaholiks, King Tee and Defari. His latest collaboration with Tha Alkaholiks was in 2008 performing in L.A which was recorded and is to be released on DVD in July 2008.
In June 2007, Xzibit left the "Rove Live" studios in
Australiabefore an appearance. Media outlets reported that it was due to Xzibit not being given stand alone billing on the program despite not being booked in advance. According to Xzibit he walked off the set after taking offense to comments made by a "Rove" employee, who after informing Xzibit that his performance time would not be to his liking allegedly said: "you know we came a long way just having you on the program." Xzibit took this to be a racist remark, staff allege they were referring to him being a late booking. [ [http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0,21598,21970043-5005368,00.html Rapper calls Rove Live 'racist' | PerthNow ] ]
Gumball 30002007 rally, Xzibit drove a black LamborghiniGallardo. During the first day of the rally, Dutch police seized his driver's license for doing 160 km/h where only 100 km/h was allowed. After the penalty, his co-driver, producer Fredwreck Nassar took over the wheel and they were allowed to continue. [ [http://www.eminem.net/news/newsindex.php?subaction=showfull&id=1178985111&archive=&start_from=&ucat=& Xzibit loses drivers license in Holland] , www.eminem.net, accessed on May 2, 2008] In an interview with Dutch radio personality Reinout ' Q-Bah' van Gendt, [ [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAiLHSArXug YouTube - FunX interview Xzibit ] ] Xzibit says that he mistook the kilometers for miles. Ultimately he never got his license back from the Dutch Police and had to apply for a new one in the United States.
The Breaks" (1999), Jamal
Tha Eastsidaz" (2000), Blue
The Slim Shady Show" (2001), Knuckles
*"The Wash" (2001), Wayne
*"8 Mile" (2002), Mike
Full Clip" (2004), Duncan
*"" (2004), Abbott – voice
*"" (2005), Zeke
Derailed" (2005), Dexter
Hoodwinked" (2005), Chief Grizzly – voice
*"The Boondocks" (2006), himself – voice
Gridiron Gang" (2006), Malcolm Moore
*"" (2008), Agent Mosley Drummy
*"" (2009), Big Fade
Fast and Furious" (2009), Danny
Fencewalker" (2009), TBA
* [http://www.xzibit.com/ Official Xzibit website]
* [http://www.xzibit.net/ Sony Music's Official Xzibit website]
* [http://www.xzibitcentral.com/ Official Xzibit Fansite]
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