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Birth name: Alvin Nathaniel Joiner
Date of birth: 8th January 1974
Place of birth: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Height: 6' (1.83 m)
Trade mark: Always has braids or corn rows in his hair. Has a husky voice
Family: Son: Tremaine
Xzibit, born into a tough life living in Detroit, also had to grow up without his mother by his side. She sadly passed away when he was only 9. He was then living with his dad. Without any entertainment to occupy himself he started writing rhymes at age 10, he didn't even have a radio to listen to. His Father and step-mom moved the family to New Mexico. Xzibit was then taken out of home at 14 after constantly getting into trouble. When he turned 17 he was released from the state as he was now considered an adult. Xzibit then 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 King Tee. Xzibit turned it out on the posse cut, "Freestyle Ghetto" on "King Tee IV Life," and after that got busy on the Liks' "Coast ][ Coast" on the joints, "Hit and Run" (the sequel, featuring an appearance by adult movie star Ron Hightower, is on Xzibit's album) and on "Flashback," where he showcased his humorous side as one of The Baby Babbas. LOUD records head kahoona Steve Rifkin offered him a deal soon afterword.
In 1996 Xzibit completed his debut solo album, At the Speed of Life.
"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." Xzibit with his one of a kind voice and natural intensity beamed songs like "Paparazzi" and "The Foundation" into peoples minds through radio, and soon Xzibit was becoming a well known name on the streets. At The Speed Of Life was met with excelent reviews.
"I couldn't pick a better time because what I'm bringin' to the table is fresh and new..."
"I did this album for a lot of reasons other than the flim-flam and the whoopty-whoop, the pictures, the travel and all that shit," says Xzibit. "This album is heartfelt."
The song 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. And revelations abound in the hard-nosed two verses of "Carry The Weight," which details Xzibit's life story, from his troubled past to makin' it on his own.
In 1998, Xzibits 2nd solo album "40 Dayz & 40 Nightz" followed and was met with great reviews just like At The Speed Of Life had been two years ago. Xzibit was hard at work appearing on many albums such as Snoop's Top Dogg, Dre's 2001 and Kurupt's Tha Streetz Iz A Mutha. Xzibit was becoming well known to comercial hip-hop fans, in turn this increased Xzibits fan base.
In 2000 Xzibit's 3rd solo album was released, titled Restless. The album was released in December 2000, and was met with great reviews and earned Xzibit his first platinum record. Restless included a great selection of singles including X, Get Your Walk On, Front 2 Back, and Loud & Clear.
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. Xzibit has had many cameo's in such films as Snoop Dogg's "Eastsidaz", and Eminems "8 Mile". Fortress have again been recruited to make the upcoming strong arm steady DVD staring Xzibit & "The Gang". You should find these DVD's at your local music store, if not now in the near future.
In 2001 Xzibit took his skills to the stage and participated in the hugely successful "Anger Management" and "Up In Smoke" tours. After getting off the road, Xzibit spent time with his son and then focused in on the next task at hand and began recording his next release.
So in 2002 Xzibit released his fouth album, tentatively titled Man vs. Machine. Xzibit explains, "Man versus Machine, man… I thought it was fitting because I feel as though its all type of shit we up against." and continues "It’s a corporate world, corporate machine we got to battle. It’s a social machine we got to battle. It’s all type of shit". Man vs. Machine was a totaly different sound for Xzibit, not wanting to loose momentum he used different styles of music, including soul and an opera based chorus for his 3rd single off the album 'Symphony In X Major'. Even due to promotion for this album which was below par and the only single that got good air play was the Westcoast Anthem 'Multiply', On November 12, 2002, Xzibit's album officialy went gold, not doing as well as his previusly platnum record Restless.
2003 was the year we found out Xzibit's group 'The Golden State Project' couldn't happen due to Ras Kass' Record Label, and Xzibit started doing some mix tapes, with the underground legend Krondon, later forming 'TheSteady Gang', with Mitchy Slick, Krondon & Phil The Agony.
Hopefully 2004 will be bigger and better from Xzibits point of view, with his next solo album, Weapon Of Mass Destruction, due for the end of the year, and the StrongArmSteady DVD getting released around March. Keep Your Bars Up X-man!
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U'v got de respy | Reviewer: Roy jonas | 11/1/11
From what i see!u were really determined & focused on what u wanted cos doin it your way wud really cost u some real shit!& i mean some really dem shit..all de same kudoz to ma big buddy xzibit cos he is one of the reason why we have "street lordz".! Luv u xzibit!u de best of ur kind.
my best | Reviewer: emmanuel | 4/22/11
x am from nigeria,i've been u'r disciples since 2002.u have influence me 2ru u'r lyrics,me n my twin bro (twinstar)now about 2 drop our 1'st album in which if i have d chanace to see or hear from u,i will u are my best
Hi | Reviewer: Sarafna | 11/4/10
Hi my name is Sarfina and I dont think you know me yet and I dont know if you remember Dewayne Mariano from New Mexico because that is my uncle and he talks about you often and so does my grandma Barbara which is his mom and ya I was wondering if you could email me back because I think it would be good to have you back in his life he is about to be a father....and my mom is Lisamarie soo ya and Victoria,Victor are twins and Timothy and Aurther so I was wondering if you could do that huge favor for me. thank you =)
No Love? | Reviewer: W.Martinez | 12/20/09
I understand you were born in Detroit, but u lived a good part and your teenage years in New Mexico. More specfically Albuquerque,my older brothers went to school with you. Although you show zero love to New Mexico rarely showing your face for a concert or anything. Did u not like your time here in New Mexico?
U r da best rapper..frm among da rappers i heard | Reviewer: Prashant | 2/8/09
Yo!x is da best,forget da rest,brought da lyf of da people on his crest,can battle othr rappers easily thts his game,2 earn da fame wit his name,fan followin around is his achievement tht he claim..,.
Ayo man u r da best rapper..seriously i started hearin hip_hop at da age of 6....n listinin 2 rnb i started rhymin at da age of 12..watchin u rap n hostin shows i am goin crazy..wish evn i get apportunite lyk u..i am started hearin ur songs 3yrs bck..da favourite song of m9 is get ur walk on..
X-Files movie | Reviewer: Blossom | 8/8/08
I went to see the X-Files movie "I want to believe" the other day. It was decent. It was different from the tv series. I enjoyed the storyline. Xzibit played a good FBI agent. He had the typical agent attitude. Nice job Xzibit.
Content of Character | Reviewer: Tom | 8/8/08
Xzibit has helped me to change my oppinion of rappers and superstars.
Most recently I saw the film X-Files and although the film was average, the part played by Xzibit was done well. He had the FBI agent character down to a science.
It is apparent that with his singing and acting, he takes his work very serious. I have listened to his 'Weapons of Mass Destruction' album and was first in shock, but now realize the amount of skill, creativity, and most of all passion that went into the making of this CD.
The show he hosts "Pimp My Ride" is very entertaining to say the least. The artist seems sincere in his role.
What wonderful industies music and drama would be if all the employees took their jobs as serious as this person does.
Character | Reviewer: Couchpotato | 8/10/08
Xzibit does a really fine job of acting out his characters in both his music and films.
The CD 'Weapons of Mass Destruction' was pretty cool. The first track is very creative. It would be interesting to see how the track was made.
Nice job as FBI agent in X-files too.
An Inspiration | Reviewer: Sneeker | 3/21/08
About a year ago is when I first listened to your Full Circle CD and the song Concentrate really inspired me. I was feeling down when I listened to it. The song actually lifted my spirits. Thanks. When are you coming out with your next CD?
Incredible Talent | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/20/08
You are an incredibly talented guy. How did you learn to do all of the things that you do? You must be very intelligent. Keep on rockin the box and the movies. You are hot to trot. Don't ever stop. We Love You Xzibit! Can't wait to see the X-Files movie when it comes out in July.
Also, can't wait for your next movie.
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