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Alvin Nathaniel Joiner (born September 18, 1974), better known by his stage name Xzibit (pronounced "exhibit"), is an American rapper, actor, television presenter, and radio personality.

Xzibit
Xzibit in 2012
Background information
Birth nameAlvin Nathaniel Joiner
Also known as
  • Exhibit A
  • X to the Z
  • Wow Alvin
Born (1974-09-18)September 18, 1974 (age 47)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
OriginAlbuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
EducationCibola High School
TelevisionPimp My Ride
Spouse(s)
Krista Joiner
(m. 2014; sep. 2021)​
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • actor
  • songwriter
  • television presenter
  • radio personality
Years active1994–present
Labels
Member of
Formerly ofLikwit Crew
Children3, including Tre Capital
Websitexzibit.com

Xzibit began his musical career after the release of his debut studio album, At the Speed of Life, on October 15, 1996. The album was both critically and commercially successful, peaking at number 74 on the Billboard 200. It also contained the single "Paparazzi", which peaked at number 83 on the Billboard Hot 100. This success allowed Xzibit to secure a recording contract with Loud Records later that year.

Xzibit released his second album, 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz, on August 25, 1998; it peaked at number 53 on the Billboard 200. The album also contained the single "What U See Is What U Get", which peaked at #50 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album's success caught attention from West Coast rapper Dr. Dre who acted as the executive producer on Xzibit's third album, Restless, which was released on December 12, 2000.

Restless debuted at number 14 on the Billboard 200 and was later certified platinum in the U.S. The album contained the singles "Front 2 Back", "X", and "Get Your Walk On". His follow-up album Man vs. Machine (2002) also enjoyed success; it debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold. Weapons of Mass Destruction (2004) also became certified gold. After the release of Full Circle in 2006, Xzibit underwent a hiatus, not releasing music until the release of his seventh studio album Napalm on October 9, 2012. Since 2013, he is part of the hip-hop supergroup Serial Killers.

Xzibit has also gained fame as an actor and television host, for his role as Shyne Johnson in the television series Empire, and as the host for the reality television series Pimp My Ride. He has starred in the films Gridiron Gang (2006), The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008), Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) and Sun Dogs (2017).

Contents

1992–1999: Early career and At the Speed of Life

Xzibit started to rap at 14, shortly after his relocation from Albuquerque to Los Angeles, then under the pseudonym "Exhibit A". His first appearance on a professional record was in February 1995 on The Alkaholiks' Coast II Coast, on the song "Hit and Run" and also appeared on King Tee's IV Life shortly after, on the track "Free Style Ghetto". After touring with Likwit Crew, Xzibit signed to Loud Records and released his debut album, At the Speed of Life in October 1996, which peaked at number 74 on the Billboard Hot 200 and reached 38 on the Canadian Albums Chart. The album produced single "Paparazzi" which peaked at number 86 on the Billboard Hot 100. It had success in Germany and peaked at number 11 on the German Singles Chart.

After spending the next two years building his reputation as a West Coast underground artist and touring with the Likwit Crew, he released his second album, 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz on August 25, 1998, which charted in the U.S. at number 58 and 50 in Canada. It spawned four singles, the most successful being "What U See Is What U Get" charting at number 50 in the United States. With his growing following in the West, he caught the eye of rapper and producer Dr. Dre, who secured him high-profile guest spots, such as joining Snoop Dogg on the Dre-produced hit "Bitch Please" of his album No Limit Top Dogg, and appearing on Dr. Dre's 6× platinum album 2001, on the songs "Lolo", "Some L.A. Niggaz", and "What's the Difference" with Eminem. He closed the year 1999 with his acting debut, starring in The Breaks.

1999–2003: Rise to prominence and Restless

Xzibit started the year with the release of a compilation album Likwit Rhymes, which featured mostly previously unreleased material from his earlier recordings and a guest spot on "Bitch Please II", along with Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Nate Dogg. Xzibit also received a guest spot on Limp Bizkit's 8× platinum album Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water on the song "Getcha Groove On". His breakthrough came with his third studio album Restless, with Dr. Dre as executive producer and guest appearances by Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Eminem, Dr. Dre, DJ Quik and the Alkaholiks, among others, which sold almost 2 million copies and was certified platinum. It spawned three singles, the most successful being "X", which peaked at number 76 in the U.S., 14 in the UK and 4 in Germany. The album reached number 12 in the US. Dr. Dre invited Xzibit to perform on his American Up in Smoke Tour in mid-2000, which featured Snoop Dogg, Eminem, and Ice Cube, among many others. The same year, he also starred in the direct-to-video crime film Tha Eastsidaz by the group of the same name and was a playable character in the video game Madden NFL 2001. He continued to star in films involving fellow rap artists such as The Wash, co-starring Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, in 2001 and The Slim Shady Show and 8 Mile, co-starring Eminem, in 2001 and 2002, respectively. He released two concert films in 2001, Xzibit: Restless Xposed, centered around the recording of his third studio album and various live-performances and was also seen in Tha Alkaholiks: X.O. The Movie Experience by the rap group of the same name. He also released a compilation album of songs that featured him, entitled You Better Believe It.

In 2002, he guest-starred in the comedy series Cedric the Entertainer Presents as Mack Daddy in the eponymous episode and released his fourth studio album Man vs. Machine with mostly similar guest appearances like its predecessor, which spawned three singles, which all failed to chart in the Hot 100, although "Multiply" reached number 39 in the UK and 33 in Germany. The album itself went gold, although Xzibit was unhappy with the crafting and promotion of his newest product, ending the cooperation with Dr. Dre. The album is his highest-charting album to date, reaching number 3 in the U.S. and 8 in Canada. He also starred in The Country Bears. He continued to collaborate with his West Coast colleagues, Ras Kass and Saafir, forming The Golden State Project (originally Golden State Warriors) rap collective, and Tha Alkaholiks, along with Snoop Dogg and Eminem, whom he accompanied on his All Access Europe tour in 2003.

2003–2006: Pimp My Ride and transition into acting

Xzibit at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards in Miami
Xzibit with members of the United States Coast Guard, 2004

The MTV show Pimp My Ride boosted his popularity as it introduced him to a major audience in 2004. The show starred him as the host, who brings an individual's wrecked car to West Coast Customs, where it undergoes a rejuvenation. He continued hosting the show until its cancelation in 2007.

Xzibit live in Berlin, 2007

Musically, he started the year off with the release of his second compilation album Appetite for Destruction featuring 50 Cent on one track, consisting mostly of tracks from his Dre period and songs that didn't make the cut for his fifth studio album Weapons of Mass Destruction, which was released in December 2004, entering the charts at 43 in the U.S. For this album, he reunited with Columbia Records, after having parted ways with producer and mentor Dr. Dre. The album managed to go gold, but yet again Xzibit was unhappy with the promotion and backing of his label, claiming that they were trying to promote him like Jessica Simpson, leaving the label in anger and going independent. His single "Hey Now (Mean Muggin)" featuring Keri Hilson marked his last chart success on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 93, while the second single "Muthafucka" failed to chart. Aside from his music and Pimp My Ride, he starred in the movie Full Clip, alongside Busta Rhymes, guest-starred in CSI: Miami in the episode The Rap Sheet, released a concert documentary with his new group, eponymously titled Strong Arm Steady and hosted the 2004 MTV Europe Music Awards in Rome. In 2005, he collaborated with shock rock legend Alice Cooper on a track entitled "Stand" from the album Dirty Diamonds. This represented Cooper's first-ever foray into rap music. This year marks his most busy one, also being featured in three video games, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, where he lent his voice and likeness to the warden Abbott and Def Jam: Fight for NY and NFL Street 2, where he was a playable character.

The following year, he mainly focused on acting, getting roles in the Hollywood blockbusters Derailed opposite Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston in which he played as Dexter, XXX: State of the Union as Zeke that also starred fellow L.A. rapper Ice Cube and Hoodwinked, where he voiced Chief Ted Grizzly opposite Anne Hathaway, Glenn Close, and Patrick Warburton. In 2006, he starred in the drama Gridiron Gang as Malcolm Moore and made two guest-appearances in the animated sitcom The Boondocks. The year also saw the release of his sixth studio album Full Circle released independently on Koch Records. The album charted at position 50 but was a commercial flop, selling merely 120,000 copies in the U.S.. None of the three singles were able to chart, although "Concentrate" climbed at number 68 in Germany. The album featured Kurupt, T-Pain and The Game, whom he assisted on his album Doctor's Advocate, where he rapped on the track "California Vacation". He also worked on two video games that year, Def Jam Fight for NY: The Takeover and Pimp My Ride. The year 2007 saw him hosting the final season of Pimp My Ride only, although he competed in the Gumball 3000 2007 rally.

2006–2012: Full Circle and hiatus

Xzibit in 2007

After the cancelation of Pimp My Ride in 2007, 2008 was the first year where Xzibit did not release an album in his former two-year cycle. Though starring in two movies The X-Files: I Want to Believe as Mosley Drummy and American Violet as Darrell Hughes, this year marked a significant financial downstep for him, earning merely $70,000, opposed by almost $500,000 one year prior. He was also featured on The Alkaholiks Tha Alkaholiks: Live from Rehab concert film that year. In 2009, he played the mob leader Big Fate in the acclaimed The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans and reprised his role as Abbott in the enhanced remake of 2004's The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, while Sony released his first greatest hits album, entitled The Greatest Hits. Even though his financial troubles were increased even further, as he had to file for bankruptcy in July 2009 and January 2010, although both attempts were dismissed and his houses and belongings liened.

In 2010, he had a guest-spot in the crime series Detroit 1-8-7, in the episode Royal Bubbles / Needle Drop. He also had the role of the Jabberwock in Malice n Wonderland, a short film based on the novel Alice in Wonderland, included on the re-release of the eponymous Snoop Dogg album, entitled More Malice. After having guest-starred three times in the previous season, he was added to the permanent cast of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, where he is a part of the design team. After a four-year hiatus, he planned to release his seventh studio album MMX in 2010, but due to label issues the album was not released by the end of year. In March 2011, he teamed up with Extreme Music, to release a new compilation of material titled Urban Ammo 2. Xzibit produced, composed and performed all 40 tracks on the compilation album, created primarily for professional music users and music supervisors in need of material for their movie/television productions. Xzibit enlisted veteran director Matt Alonzo to shoot the videos for the two singles, which are titled "Man on the Moon" and "What It Is", both featuring Young De. In April 2011 he teamed up with Fredwreck and Adil Omar for a song on The Mushroom Cloud Effect. He also appeared in the TV movie Weekends at Bellevue as a nurse in late 2011, an unsuccessful pilot that was not picked up in the end.

2012–present: Napalm and Empire

Xzibit live in 2019

On October 19, 2011, it was announced that the title of the album had been changed to Napalm. On October 9, 2012, Napalm was released and Xzibit made an appearance on the BET Cypher in the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards. On October 29, 2012, Xzibit announced the Collateral Damage tour with the first 16 shows in Canada starting in early November. The tour eventually grew to 18 shows and Xzibit announced this was the first leg on a global tour that would continue into 2013. He starred in the TV movie Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden as a Navy SEAL, depicting the death of Osama bin Laden. He also appeared in 3 episodes of Hawaii Five-0 as Jason "JC" Dekker starting in 2013. On November 8, 2013, Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation revealed the title, artwork and track listing of their upcoming sixth studio album, Hydra. Xzibit features as a guest vocalist on the third track entitled "And We Run". In October 2013 Xzibit released an album with the hip hop group Serial Killers alongside Demrick and B-Real. Xzibit recently appeared on Dr. Dre's studio album Compton, on the song "Loose Cannons" alongside Cold 187um and Sly Pyper.

During his UK tour, Xzibit spoke with Hip-Hop Kings regarding his upcoming work. He confirmed a brand new album to be released in 2016 with Dr. Dre as a featured producer. Furthermore, Xzibit told the crowd in Manchester that he would be returning next year for the Compton Tour. Xzibit confirmed that Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar were confirmed artists who would be on the Compton Tour.

On February 25, 2016, it was announced that he would be joining the cast of Empire, playing the character of Shyne.

Xzibit and his ex-wife Krista have had two children together; Xavier and Gatlyn. Xavier was born prematurely on May 15, 2008, and died eleven days after. Xzibit has another son Tremaine Joiner (born June 8, 1995) from a previous relationship. The song "The Foundation" from Xzibit's debut studio album At the Speed of Life is dedicated to Tremaine. Krista Joiner filed for divorce in February 2021.

Rove McManus

In June 2007, Xzibit left the Rove Live studios in Australia before a scheduled appearance. Media outlets reported that it was due to Xzibit not being given stand-alone billing on the program, even though he had not even been booked in advance. According to Xzibit, he walked off the set after taking offense to comments made by a Rove staffer, who after informing Xzibit that his performance time would be shorter than the rapper might have liked, allegedly said: "You know, we came a long way just having you on the program." Xzibit took this as a racist remark, although the staffer claimed that they were merely referring to his status as a late booking.

Gumball 3000

In the Gumball 3000 2007 rally, Xzibit drove a black Jaguar XJ220. During the first day of the rally, Dutch police seized his driver's license for doing 160 km/h in a 100 km/h zone. After the penalty, his co-driver, producer Fredwreck Nassar took over the wheel and they were allowed to continue. In an interview with Dutch radio personality Reinout "Q-Bah" van Gendt, Xzibit says that he mistook the kilometers for miles (100 mph = 160 km/h). Ultimately, he never got his license back from the Dutch police and had to apply for a new one in the United States. Xzibit competed again in both the 2013 and 2014 Gumball 3000.

Tax evasion

According to public records, as of late 2010 Xzibit owed more than $900,000 in delinquent federal taxes. He tried to file for bankruptcy twice, in July 2009 and January 2010, but his bankruptcy filings were dismissed. The problems started after Pimp My Ride was canceled: in 2007 he earned $497,175; after the cancelation his 2008 income was reported as $67,510.

Main article: Xzibit discography
Studio albums
With Serial Killers
  • Serial Killers Vol. 1 (2013)
  • The Murder Show (2015)
  • Day of the Dead (2018)
  • Summer of Sam (2020)
Films
Year Film Role Notes
1999 The Breaks Jamal
2000 Tha Eastsidaz "Blue" Direct-to-Video
2001 The Wash Wayne
2002 8 Mile Mike
The Country Bears Himself Cameo
2004 Full Clip Duncan
2005 Alien2! Alien Voice role
XXX: State of the Union Zeke
Derailed Dexter
Hoodwinked! Ted Grizzly Voice role
2006 Gridiron Gang Assistant Coach Malcolm Moore
2008 The X-Files: I Want to Believe FBI Special Agent Mosley Drummy
American Violet Darrell Hughes
2009 The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Donald "Big Fate" Godshaw
2010 Malice n Wonderland Jabberwock Short film, included on the re-release More Malice of the eponymous Snoop Dogg album
2011 Weekends at Bellevue Chuck Television film
2012 Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap Himself Documentary
Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden "Mule" Television film
2017 Sun Dogs Master Sergeant Jenkins
Concert films
Year Film Role Notes
2000 The Up in Smoke Tour Himself
2001 Xzibit: Restless XPosed Documentary, also director and producer
Tha Alkaholiks: X.O. The Movie Experience
2003 All Access Europe
2004 Strong Arm Steady Documentary
2008 Tha Alkaholiks: Live from Rehab
Television series
Year Series Role Notes
2001 MTV Cribs Himself Episode: "Xzibit, Boy George, Penny Hardaway, Al Harris"
The Slim Shady Show "Knuckels" Direct-to-DVD
Voice role
2002 Cedric the Entertainer Presents "Mack Daddy" Episode: "Mack Daddy"
2004 CSI: Miami Dwayne "10-Large" Jackman Episode: "The Rap Sheet"
2004–2007 Pimp My Ride Himself Host
Also producer
2006–2007 The Boondocks Voice role
Episode: "The Real" and "The Story of Thugnificent"
2010 Detroit 1-8-7 Russel Pits Episode: "Royal Bubbles / Needle Drop"
2010–2012 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Himself Design Team, appeared 3 times as a guest star in the 2009/2010 season
2012 Loiter Squad Episode 2
2013–2016 Hawaii Five-0 Jason "J.C." Dekker 3 episodes ("Ua Nalohi", "Ku Ka Pili Koko", and "Powehiwehi")
2016–2018 Empire Leslie "Shyne" Johnson Recurring (season 2), Main (seasons 3–4)
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Madden NFL 2001 Himself Playable Character
2004 The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay Abbott Voice role
Def Jam: Fight for NY Himself Playable Character
NFL Street 2 Guide / The Narrator / Playable Character
Released as NFL Street 2 Unleashed for PSP
2006 Pimp My Ride Guide / The Narrator
Def Jam Fight for NY: The Takeover Playable Character
2009 The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena Abbott Voice role
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Xzibit Article Talk Language Watch Edit This article needs additional citations for verification Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources Unsourced material may be challenged and removed Find sources Xzibit news newspapers books scholar JSTOR January 2020 Learn how and when to remove this template message Alvin Nathaniel Joiner born September 18 1974 better known by his stage name Xzibit pronounced exhibit is an American rapper actor television presenter and radio personality XzibitXzibit in 2012Background informationBirth nameAlvin Nathaniel JoinerAlso known asExhibit A X to the Z Wow AlvinBorn 1974 09 18 September 18 1974 age 47 Detroit Michigan U S 1 OriginAlbuquerque New Mexico U S EducationCibola High SchoolTelevisionPimp My RideSpouse s Krista Joiner m 2014 sep 2021 wbr GenresHip hopOccupation s Rapper actor songwriter television presenter radio personalityYears active1994 present 2 LabelsOpen Bar EMI Extreme E1 Hoo Bangin Koch Sony BMG Columbia SRC Epic RCA LoudMember ofSerial Killers Strong Arm SteadyFormerly ofLikwit CrewChildren3 including Tre CapitalWebsitexzibit wbr com Xzibit began his musical career after the release of his debut studio album At the Speed of Life on October 15 1996 The album was both critically and commercially successful peaking at number 74 on the Billboard 200 It also contained the single Paparazzi which peaked at number 83 on the Billboard Hot 100 This success allowed Xzibit to secure a recording contract with Loud Records later that year Xzibit released his second album 40 Dayz amp 40 Nightz on August 25 1998 it peaked at number 53 on the Billboard 200 The album also contained the single What U See Is What U Get which peaked at 50 on the Billboard Hot 100 The album s success caught attention from West Coast rapper Dr Dre who acted as the executive producer on Xzibit s third album Restless which was released on December 12 2000 Restless debuted at number 14 on the Billboard 200 and was later certified platinum in the U S The album contained the singles Front 2 Back X and Get Your Walk On His follow up album Man vs Machine 2002 also enjoyed success it debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold Weapons of Mass Destruction 2004 also became certified gold After the release of Full Circle in 2006 Xzibit underwent a hiatus not releasing music until the release of his seventh studio album Napalm on October 9 2012 Since 2013 he is part of the hip hop supergroup Serial Killers Xzibit has also gained fame as an actor and television host for his role as Shyne Johnson in the television series Empire and as the host for the reality television series Pimp My Ride He has starred in the films Gridiron Gang 2006 The X Files I Want to Believe 2008 Bad Lieutenant Port of Call New Orleans 2009 and Sun Dogs 2017 Contents 1 Career 1 1 1992 1999 Early career and At the Speed of Life 1 2 1999 2003 Rise to prominence and Restless 1 3 2003 2006 Pimp My Ride and transition into acting 1 4 2006 2012 Full Circle and hiatus 1 5 2012 present Napalm and Empire 2 Personal life 3 Controversies 3 1 Rove McManus 3 2 Gumball 3000 3 3 Tax evasion 4 Discography 5 Filmography 6 References 7 External linksCareer Edit1992 1999 Early career and At the Speed of Life Edit Xzibit started to rap at 14 shortly after his relocation from Albuquerque to Los Angeles then under the pseudonym Exhibit A 3 His first appearance on a professional record was in February 1995 on The Alkaholiks Coast II Coast on the song Hit and Run and also appeared on King Tee s IV Life shortly after on the track Free Style Ghetto After touring with Likwit Crew Xzibit signed to Loud Records 3 and released his debut album At the Speed of Life in October 1996 which peaked at number 74 on the Billboard Hot 200 and reached 38 on the Canadian Albums Chart The album produced single Paparazzi which peaked at number 86 on the Billboard Hot 100 It had success in Germany and peaked at number 11 on the German Singles Chart After spending the next two years building his reputation as a West Coast underground artist and touring with the Likwit Crew he released his second album 40 Dayz amp 40 Nightz on August 25 1998 which charted in the U S at number 58 and 50 in Canada 3 It spawned four singles the most successful being What U See Is What U Get charting at number 50 in the United States With his growing following in the West he caught the eye of rapper and producer Dr Dre who secured him high profile guest spots such as joining Snoop Dogg on the Dre produced hit Bitch Please of his album No Limit Top Dogg and appearing on Dr Dre s 6 platinum album 2001 on the songs Lolo Some L A Niggaz and What s the Difference with Eminem He closed the year 1999 with his acting debut starring in The Breaks 1999 2003 Rise to prominence and Restless Edit Xzibit started the year with the release of a compilation album Likwit Rhymes which featured mostly previously unreleased material from his earlier recordings and a guest spot on Bitch Please II along with Eminem Snoop Dogg Dr Dre and Nate Dogg Xzibit also received a guest spot on Limp Bizkit s 8 platinum album Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water on the song Getcha Groove On His breakthrough came with his third studio album Restless with Dr Dre as executive producer and guest appearances by Snoop Dogg Nate Dogg Eminem Dr Dre DJ Quik and the Alkaholiks among others which sold almost 2 million copies and was certified platinum It spawned three singles the most successful being X which peaked at number 76 in the U S 14 in the UK and 4 in Germany 4 The album reached number 12 in the US Dr Dre invited Xzibit to perform on his American Up in Smoke Tour in mid 2000 which featured Snoop Dogg Eminem and Ice Cube among many others The same year he also starred in the direct to video crime film Tha Eastsidaz by the group of the same name and was a playable character in the video game Madden NFL 2001 He continued to star in films involving fellow rap artists such as The Wash co starring Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg in 2001 and The Slim Shady Show and 8 Mile co starring Eminem in 2001 and 2002 respectively He released two concert films in 2001 Xzibit Restless Xposed centered around the recording of his third studio album and various live performances and was also seen in Tha Alkaholiks X O The Movie Experience by the rap group of the same name He also released a compilation album of songs that featured him entitled You Better Believe It In 2002 he guest starred in the comedy series Cedric the Entertainer Presents as Mack Daddy in the eponymous episode and released his fourth studio album Man vs Machine with mostly similar guest appearances like its predecessor which spawned three singles which all failed to chart in the Hot 100 although Multiply reached number 39 in the UK and 33 in Germany The album itself went gold 5 although Xzibit was unhappy with the crafting and promotion of his newest product ending the cooperation with Dr Dre The album is his highest charting album to date reaching number 3 in the U S and 8 in Canada He also starred in The Country Bears He continued to collaborate with his West Coast colleagues Ras Kass and Saafir forming The Golden State Project originally Golden State Warriors rap collective 6 and Tha Alkaholiks along with Snoop Dogg and Eminem whom he accompanied on his All Access Europe tour in 2003 2003 2006 Pimp My Ride and transition into acting Edit Xzibit at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards in Miami Xzibit with members of the United States Coast Guard 2004 The MTV show Pimp My Ride boosted his popularity as it introduced him to a major audience in 2004 The show starred him as the host who brings an individual s wrecked car to West Coast Customs where it undergoes a rejuvenation He continued hosting the show until its cancelation in 2007 Xzibit live in Berlin 2007 Musically he started the year off with the release of his second compilation album Appetite for Destruction featuring 50 Cent on one track consisting mostly of tracks from his Dre period and songs that didn t make the cut for his fifth studio album Weapons of Mass Destruction which was released in December 2004 entering the charts at 43 in the U S For this album he reunited with Columbia Records after having parted ways with producer and mentor Dr Dre The album managed to go gold 7 but yet again Xzibit was unhappy with the promotion and backing of his label claiming that they were trying to promote him like Jessica Simpson leaving the label in anger and going independent His single Hey Now Mean Muggin featuring Keri Hilson marked his last chart success on the Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number 93 while the second single Muthafucka failed to chart Aside from his music and Pimp My Ride he starred in the movie Full Clip alongside Busta Rhymes guest starred in CSI Miami in the episode The Rap Sheet released a concert documentary with his new group eponymously titled Strong Arm Steady and hosted the 2004 MTV Europe Music Awards in Rome In 2005 he collaborated with shock rock legend Alice Cooper on a track entitled Stand from the album Dirty Diamonds This represented Cooper s first ever foray into rap music This year marks his most busy one also being featured in three video games The Chronicles of Riddick Escape from Butcher Bay where he lent his voice and likeness to the warden Abbott and Def Jam Fight for NY and NFL Street 2 where he was a playable character The following year he mainly focused on acting getting roles in the Hollywood blockbusters Derailed opposite Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston in which he played as Dexter XXX State of the Union as Zeke that also starred fellow L A rapper Ice Cube and Hoodwinked where he voiced Chief Ted Grizzly opposite Anne Hathaway Glenn Close and Patrick Warburton In 2006 he starred in the drama Gridiron Gang as Malcolm Moore and made two guest appearances in the animated sitcom The Boondocks The year also saw the release of his sixth studio album Full Circle released independently on Koch Records The album charted at position 50 but was a commercial flop selling merely 120 000 copies in the U S None of the three singles were able to chart although Concentrate climbed at number 68 in Germany The album featured Kurupt T Pain and The Game whom he assisted on his album Doctor s Advocate where he rapped on the track California Vacation He also worked on two video games that year Def Jam Fight for NY The Takeover and Pimp My Ride The year 2007 saw him hosting the final season of Pimp My Ride only although he competed in the Gumball 3000 2007 rally 2006 2012 Full Circle and hiatus Edit Xzibit in 2007 After the cancelation of Pimp My Ride in 2007 2008 was the first year where Xzibit did not release an album in his former two year cycle Though starring in two movies The X Files I Want to Believe as Mosley Drummy and American Violet as Darrell Hughes this year marked a significant financial downstep for him earning merely 70 000 opposed by almost 500 000 one year prior 8 He was also featured on The Alkaholiks Tha Alkaholiks Live from Rehab concert film that year In 2009 he played the mob leader Big Fate in the acclaimed The Bad Lieutenant Port of Call New Orleans and reprised his role as Abbott in the enhanced remake of 2004 s The Chronicles of Riddick Escape from Butcher Bay The Chronicles of Riddick Assault on Dark Athena while Sony released his first greatest hits album entitled The Greatest Hits Even though his financial troubles were increased even further as he had to file for bankruptcy in July 2009 and January 2010 although both attempts were dismissed and his houses and belongings liened In 2010 he had a guest spot in the crime series Detroit 1 8 7 in the episode Royal Bubbles Needle Drop He also had the role of the Jabberwock in Malice n Wonderland a short film based on the novel Alice in Wonderland included on the re release of the eponymous Snoop Dogg album entitled More Malice After having guest starred three times in the previous season he was added to the permanent cast of Extreme Makeover Home Edition where he is a part of the design team After a four year hiatus he planned to release his seventh studio album MMX in 2010 but due to label issues the album was not released by the end of year In March 2011 he teamed up with Extreme Music to release a new compilation of material titled Urban Ammo 2 Xzibit produced composed and performed all 40 tracks on the compilation album created primarily for professional music users and music supervisors in need of material for their movie television productions Xzibit enlisted veteran director Matt Alonzo to shoot the videos for the two singles which are titled Man on the Moon and What It Is both featuring Young De In April 2011 he teamed up with Fredwreck and Adil Omar for a song on The Mushroom Cloud Effect 9 He also appeared in the TV movie Weekends at Bellevue as a nurse in late 2011 an unsuccessful pilot that was not picked up in the end 2012 present Napalm and Empire Edit Xzibit live in 2019 On October 19 2011 it was announced that the title of the album had been changed to Napalm 10 On October 9 2012 Napalm was released and Xzibit made an appearance on the BET Cypher in the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards On October 29 2012 Xzibit announced the Collateral Damage tour with the first 16 shows in Canada starting in early November 11 The tour eventually grew to 18 shows and Xzibit announced this was the first leg on a global tour that would continue into 2013 12 He starred in the TV movie Seal Team Six The Raid on Osama Bin Laden as a Navy SEAL depicting the death of Osama bin Laden He also appeared in 3 episodes of Hawaii Five 0 as Jason JC Dekker starting in 2013 On November 8 2013 Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation revealed the title artwork and track listing of their upcoming sixth studio album Hydra Xzibit features as a guest vocalist on the third track entitled And We Run In October 2013 Xzibit released an album with the hip hop group Serial Killers alongside Demrick and B Real Xzibit recently appeared on Dr Dre s studio album Compton on the song Loose Cannons alongside Cold 187um and Sly Pyper During his UK tour Xzibit spoke with Hip Hop Kings 13 regarding his upcoming work He confirmed a brand new album to be released in 2016 with Dr Dre as a featured producer Furthermore Xzibit told the crowd in Manchester that he would be returning next year for the Compton Tour Xzibit confirmed that Dr Dre and Kendrick Lamar were confirmed artists who would be on the Compton Tour On February 25 2016 it was announced that he would be joining the cast of Empire playing the character of Shyne 14 Personal life EditXzibit and his ex wife Krista have had two children together Xavier and Gatlyn 15 Xavier was born prematurely on May 15 2008 and died eleven days after Xzibit has another son Tremaine Joiner born June 8 1995 from a previous relationship The song The Foundation from Xzibit s debut studio album At the Speed of Life is dedicated to Tremaine Krista Joiner filed for divorce in February 2021 15 Controversies EditRove McManus Edit In June 2007 Xzibit left the Rove Live studios in Australia before a scheduled appearance Media outlets reported that it was due to Xzibit not being given stand alone billing on the program even though he had not even been booked in advance According to Xzibit he walked off the set after taking offense to comments made by a Rove staffer who after informing Xzibit that his performance time would be shorter than the rapper might have liked allegedly said You know we came a long way just having you on the program Xzibit took this as a racist remark although the staffer claimed that they were merely referring to his status as a late booking 16 Gumball 3000 Edit In the Gumball 3000 2007 rally Xzibit drove a black Jaguar XJ220 During the first day of the rally Dutch police seized his driver s license for doing 160 km h in a 100 km h zone After the penalty his co driver producer Fredwreck Nassar took over the wheel and they were allowed to continue 17 In an interview with Dutch radio personality Reinout Q Bah van Gendt 18 Xzibit says that he mistook the kilometers for miles 100 mph 160 km h Ultimately he never got his license back from the Dutch police and had to apply for a new one in the United States Xzibit competed again in both the 2013 and 2014 Gumball 3000 19 Tax evasion Edit According to public records as of late 2010 Xzibit owed more than 900 000 in delinquent federal taxes He tried to file for bankruptcy twice in July 2009 and January 2010 but his bankruptcy filings were dismissed The problems started after Pimp My Ride was canceled in 2007 he earned 497 175 after the cancelation his 2008 income was reported as 67 510 8 20 Discography EditMain article Xzibit discography Studio albumsAt the Speed of Life 1996 40 Dayz amp 40 Nightz 1998 Restless 2000 Man vs Machine 2002 Weapons of Mass Destruction 2004 Full Circle 2006 Napalm 2012 King Maker 2022 With Serial KillersSerial Killers Vol 1 2013 The Murder Show 2015 Day of the Dead 2018 Summer of Sam 2020 Filmography EditFilmsYear Film Role Notes1999 The Breaks Jamal2000 Tha Eastsidaz Blue Direct to Video2001 The Wash Wayne2002 8 Mile MikeThe Country Bears Himself Cameo2004 Full Clip Duncan2005 Alien2 Alien Voice roleXXX State of the Union ZekeDerailed DexterHoodwinked Ted Grizzly Voice role2006 Gridiron Gang Assistant Coach Malcolm Moore2008 The X Files I Want to Believe FBI Special Agent Mosley DrummyAmerican Violet Darrell Hughes2009 The Bad Lieutenant Port of Call New Orleans Donald Big Fate Godshaw2010 Malice n Wonderland Jabberwock Short film included on the re release More Malice of the eponymous Snoop Dogg album2011 Weekends at Bellevue Chuck Television film2012 Something from Nothing The Art of Rap Himself DocumentarySeal Team Six The Raid on Osama Bin Laden Mule Television film2017 Sun Dogs Master Sergeant JenkinsConcert filmsYear Film Role Notes2000 The Up in Smoke Tour Himself2001 Xzibit Restless XPosed Documentary also director and producerTha Alkaholiks X O The Movie Experience2003 All Access Europe2004 Strong Arm Steady Documentary2008 Tha Alkaholiks Live from RehabTelevision seriesYear Series Role Notes2001 MTV Cribs Himself Episode Xzibit Boy George Penny Hardaway Al Harris The Slim Shady Show Knuckels Direct to DVD Voice role2002 Cedric the Entertainer Presents Mack Daddy Episode Mack Daddy 2004 CSI Miami Dwayne 10 Large Jackman Episode The Rap Sheet 2004 2007 Pimp My Ride Himself Host Also producer2006 2007 The Boondocks Voice role Episode The Real and The Story of Thugnificent 2010 Detroit 1 8 7 Russel Pits Episode Royal Bubbles Needle Drop 2010 2012 Extreme Makeover Home Edition Himself Design Team appeared 3 times as a guest star in the 2009 2010 season2012 Loiter Squad Episode 22013 2016 Hawaii Five 0 Jason J C Dekker 3 episodes Ua Nalohi Ku Ka Pili Koko and Powehiwehi 2016 2018 Empire Leslie Shyne Johnson Recurring season 2 Main seasons 3 4 Video gamesYear Title Role Notes2000 Madden NFL 2001 Himself Playable Character2004 The Chronicles of Riddick Escape from Butcher Bay Abbott Voice roleDef Jam Fight for NY Himself Playable CharacterNFL Street 2 Guide The Narrator Playable Character Released as NFL Street 2 Unleashed for PSP2006 Pimp My Ride Guide The NarratorDef Jam Fight for NY The Takeover Playable Character2009 The Chronicles of Riddick Assault on Dark Athena Abbott Voice roleReferences Edit Mekeisha Madden Toby Detroit native Xzibit shines on Empire The Detroit News Retrieved February 17 2022 Jason Birchmeier Xzibit AllMusic Retrieved November 21 2019 a b c Birchmeier Jason Xzibit AllMusic Retrieved on February 1 2009 Allmusic Xzibit charts Retrieved November 24 2007 Xzibit Biography Xzibitcentral com September 18 1974 Retrieved July 1 2012 Xzibit Gearing Up For Golden State Project Manhunt February 5 2001 Retrieved September 16 2006 Weapons of Mass Destruction RIAA Retrieved November 24 2007 a b Xzibit no longer enjoying a pimped lifestyle The Detroit News Archived from the original on January 3 2011 Retrieved January 6 2011 Prikbordfoto s Facebook Retrieved March 22 2012 Kuperstein Slava October 19 2011 Xzibit Talks New Album Napalm First Time Meeting Dr Dre And Snoop Dogg Get The Latest Hip Hop News Rap News amp Hip Hop Album Sales HipHop DX Retrieved March 22 2012 October 29 2012 by XzibitCentral com October 29 2012 Xzibit Announces 16 Show Canada Collateral Damage Tour on the Napalm World Tour XzibitCentral com Retrieved October 29 2012 a href wiki Template Cite web title Template Cite web cite web a CS1 maint multiple names authors list link November 19 2012 by XzibitCentral com November 19 2012 Xzibit adds 2 more Shows to the Canada Collateral Damage Tour on the Napalm World Tour XzibitCentral com Retrieved November 19 2012 a href wiki Template Cite web title Template Cite web cite web a CS1 maint multiple names authors list link Maxwell Ryan Xzibit Confirms Compton Tour Hip Hop Kings Archived from the original on December 15 2021 Schwartz Danny February 25 2016 Xzibit to join Cast of Empire Hotnewhiphop Retrieved February 25 2016 a b Aderoju Darlene February 23 2021 Xzibit s Wife Files for Divorce After 6 Years of Marriage Reports PEOPLE com Archived from the original on February 25 2021 Retrieved March 4 2021 Mark Schliebs June 25 2007 Rapper calls Rove Live racist PerthNow Xzibit loses drivers license in Holland eminem net accessed on May 2 2008 YouTube FunX interview Xzibit Youtube com Archived from the original on December 15 2021 Retrieved July 1 2012 Rally Gumball3000 Retrieved on August 25 2013 Rapper Xhibit is Broke and Blaming Pimp My Ride Minority Fortune Retrieved May 5 2017 External links EditWikimedia Commons has media related to Xzibit Official Xzibit website Xzibit at IMDb Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Xzibit amp oldid 1093340992, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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