XZIBIT LIFE BIOGRAPHY:
Xzibit, was born Alvin Nathaniel Joiner on January 8, 1974 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Xzibit was born into a tough life living in Detroit, and also had to grow up without his mother by his side. She sadly passed away when he was only 9 years old. After his mother passed away, Xzibit continued to live with his father. Without any entertainment to occupy himself he started writing rhymes at age 10, he has stated that he didn't even have a radio to listen to. His Father and step-mom moved the family to New Mexico. After constantly getting into trouble, Xzibit was taken out of his home at the age of 14, as his father was struggling to control him. When he turned 17 years of age he was released from the state as he was now considered to be an adult. This is the point when Xzibit made his way to California looking to start his music career.
Xzibit arrived in California on a mission to get a deal, so he met with a number of figure heads and started appearing on peoples albums. A producer by the name of 'Broadway' was instrumental in introducing him to 'Tha Alkaholiks', who in turn got him together with rapper 'King Tee'. Xzibit began as a member of the Likwit Crew, a loose collective of West Coast rappers including tha Alkaholiks and King T, touring with them in 1995, opening shows and appearing with the group on stage.
Xzibit turned it out on the posse cut, "Freestyle Ghetto" on "King Tee IV Life," album and after that got busy on the Liks' "Coast ][ Coast" on the joints, "Hit and Run" and on "Flashback," where he showcased his humorous side as one of The Baby Babbas. LOUD records head Steve Rifkin, noticed X's talent and jumped in and offered him a deal soon afterword.
In 1996 Loud Records released the feisty young rapper's debut album, "At the Speed of Life". The album quickly became an underground hit and was met with excelent reviews. Xzibit says: "I named the album "At The Speed Of Life" because there's a whole lot of shit that niggas go through. I know more niggas that is off-the-wall and crazy, runnin' guns and shit than I know regular Joes that all they want to do is feed their kids. That's their speed. But it's weird how everything is coinciding together, and at the same time is moving in all kinds of different directions."
Another song off the album, 'Paparazzi', explained how he saw the Hip-Hop game, Xzibit's lyrics say it all: "It's a shame, niggas in the rap game only for the money and the fame." This was the first single from At The Speed Of Life.
Then came the second single off his debut album, "The Foundation." a song writen for Xzibit to his son, where he advises the child about the ups and downs of growing up ("You can only run the streets for so long" says Xzibit). Dj Muggs from Cypress Hill produced the emotionally charged track which features a mesmerizing loop of ghostly wails and the actual cries of Xzibits baby.
In 1998, Xzibits 2nd solo album "40 Dayz & 40 Nightz" was released again to excellent reviews and hype, now even more so than two years before, he was heralded one of the West Coast's most promising talents. The album was starting to get Xzibit noticed in the right circles too, as Xzibit's big break came when he joined Snoop Dogg for the Dre-produced coast-to-coast hit "Bitch Please." Xzibit ripped the track apart, and as a result was getting noticed by not only his own fan base, but also by the fans of some the biggest rap artists including Snoop, Dre and Eminem. Next, he appeared on the posse song "Some L.A. Niggaz" from Dre's "2001" (1999) album, yet another high-profile appearance, and also Kurupt's album "Tha Streetz Iz A Mutha".
By this time, Dre had obviously recognized Xzibit's talent and invited the young rapper to crisscross America during summer 2000 with the massive 'Up in Smoke' tour, which featured Snoop, Eminem, and Ice Cube, among many others. That winter, Loud released Xzibit's biggest-budget album yet, the Dre-executive-produced "Restless" (2000), which boasted the single "X" The song became the rapper's biggest hit yet but didn't top the charts or break him into heavy rotation at either urban radio or MTV but it did earn Xzibit his first platinum record. Restless included a other great singles aswell as "X" including, "Get Your Walk On" and "Front 2 Back".
Restless also marked the beginning of Xzibit's own label, 'Open Bar Entertainment'. With "Restless" rulling the charts with its hot singles in 2001, Fortress Entertainment was hired to make a DVD/VHS titled "Restless Xposed" which featured backstage footage from the Anger Management Tour, Snoop's Puff Puff tour, the House of Blues tour and much much more. The DVD/VHS is a Fortress/Open Bar Entertainment/Loud Records release. Xzibit also appeared in The Alkaholiks DVD as well as Snoop and Dre's hit comedy, "The Wash". He also played a very minor role in Eminem's hit movie, "8 Mile".
His 4th album, Man Vs Machine, another big-budget superstar-laced album, was released early October 2002. Xzibit encorperated different styles in the album, from soul to opera based cuts such as his 3rd single off the album 'Symphony In X Major'. 'Multiply' was given good air play and despite a poor effort to promote the album, on November 12, 2002, Man Vs. Machine officialy went gold.
The start of 2004 saw "Pimp My Ride", the MTV series Xzibit hosted, which was a smash hit worldwide. The series has since had follow up series and is growing in viewers everytime. So much os that The Strong Arm Steady DVD was released and gave the fans a look into what the gang is getting up to. Then towards the end of the year Xzibit released his fifth solo album "Weapons of Mass Destruction". Xzibit also has his own record label called Open Bar Entertainment. Xzibit then guest starred in the song Stand Up on the 2005 Alice Cooper album Dirty Diamonds, this collaboration was Cooper's first collaboration with a rap artist.
Also in 2004, X provided the voice for Butcher Bay chief prison guard Abbot in the Xbox game, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, narrated the tutorials in NFL Street 2 and played himself in Def Jam Fight for New York.
Xzibit has appeared in several acting roles on the big screen. He portrayed Duncan in Full Clip in 2004 and Dexter in Derailed in 2005. He also played Zeke in XXX: State of the Union in 2005. He had a small role as a worker at New Detroit Stamping in 8 Mile. In 2006, he starred in Hoodwinked, as the voice of Chief Grizzly. Xzibit co-stars with The Rock in the Gridiron Gang, to be released in 2006.
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