Posted 11 January 2013 | | No Comments »
Live from the Samsung SMART Studio at CES 2013, rap artist Xzibit discusses using technology to interact directly with fans and reveals details about his new international tour.
Representing the Monster Products family at his third CES — and being the face of Monster Game — Xzibit is excited to announce that they'll be releasing their first standalone gaming headphones in conjunction with EA Sports.
"They're very innovative and they bring a lot of 'wow' factor with it," he says of Monster. "And I'm part of that, man. It's good to be a part of the Monster family."
The audio gear has 36,000 points of sound in it, which Xzibit notes is beyond surround sound. "You need this to get ahead in the game," he says of Monster's "pure Monster sound." "They've taken their intensity and passion for music and put it into the gaming headphones," he continues. Sounds perfect for any hardcore gamer — like Xzibit himself!
When he announces that he's first-person shooter, this elicits a delighted squee from our previous guest and gaming queen, iJustine (check out her CES interview here!) They can bond over Call of Duty, Halo, Black Ops 2 and all of that good stuff.
But deep down, we all know Xzibit is really a music man, and he has his own insights into how the industry is changing at lightning speed. "Music is free," he throws out there, unable to deny the digital trend. So, as an artist, "How can you bring your fans in and make them feel as though they are having an exclusive experience with you?" Since social media cut out the middle man, he believes the artist is responsible for leading more directly engaging forms of marketing and merchandising.
Up Close & Personal Interview with Xzibit: Jobs, Cars, Success & the Time Dr.Dre Paid $1Million Dollar Bail to Free Nate Dogg Prior to an Up In Smoke Show
Posted 20 November 2012 | | No Comments »
Xzibit recently sat down with Montreality.com in a very up close and personal interview about Xzibit. The interview touches on subjects such as Xzibit's early life growing up, jobs, video games and his favorite memory of Nate Dogg. Watch the interview below:
In this interview with Montreality, Xzibit speaks about:
- The type of student he was at school (0:15)
- Jobs he had as a teenager growing up (0:34)
- What he spent his 1st big paycheck on (1:18)
- The key to success (1:32)
- His passion for reading & favorite books (2:07)
- What he would call his book, if he were to write one (2:40)
- What he thinks he were in a previous lifetime (3:06)
- His last meal of choice (3:33)
- His favorite cartoon character (3:51)
- His favorite videogames (4:18)
- The worst injury he's every had (4:45)
- His talents besides entertainment (5:18)
- Wanting to collaborate with Ice Cube (5:34)
- What he thinks of Kendrick Lamar (5:40)
- His song 1983 & the situation between him, Eminem & Paul Rosenberg (6:07)
- His memories of the late great west-coast legend Nate Dogg (6:45)
- His legacy, what he hopes to leave behind (8:35)
Thanks to Montreality.com for this Interview.
Xzibit Interview with NFL Pro Player Insiders: Talks Napalm Album, NFL Teams and the Throwback NFL Jersey’s Xzibit Owns
Posted 19 November 2012 | | No Comments »
Xzibit sat down with ProPlayerInsiders.com where Xzibit talks about the new album Napalm, his favorite NFL team and the Throwback NFL Jersey's he has:
Pro Player Insiders: On the title track, “Napalm,” you allude to US troops and filmed some of the music video clips in Iraq. What inspired you to use your song to reflect on the American troops?
XZIBIT: I was raised with some of those values. I always say my dad loved me the only way he knew how and that was through the marine corps. There were a lot of positive things that came from that too but I wouldn’t say it inspired the album; it was just more or less respect for the principle and respect for the values.
PPI: Now let’s talk football. What team are you rooting for this year?
XZIBIT: My favorite team is the Raiders (chuckles).
PPI: Whose jerseys do you rep?
XZIBIT: I got a Montana, Namath, Jerry Rice, Barry Sanders, and Walter Payton. I got tons of jerseys but I was rocking them back in the day.
To read or listen to the rest of the interview go to: http://proplayerinsiders.com/xzibit-hip-hop-super-star/
Posted 13 November 2012 | | No Comments »
Xzibit brought two forces integral to his music career together on "Napalm": Dr. Dre and The Likwit Crew. He tells DubCNN how and why he did it. On his recently-released album, Napalm, Xzibit attracted a lot of attention for his song "King Louis XIII." The Dr. Dre-produced record features early Xzibit mentors Tha Alkaholiks and King Tee, who joined him in the Likwit Crew.
X explained to DubCNN.com how the song came together, especially since it was independently released on X's EMI-distributed Open Bar imprint. "First, you gotta get the track and I ain’t talking about him just giving you the beat! Dr. Dre gotta give you the beat and the paperwork with his signature on it and he’s got to give you the files. Once I saw Rob come in the studio with the hard drives, I knew I was in there!," said the rapper with a laugh.
Xzibit, who worked extensively with Dr. Dre on his Restless and Man Versus Machine albums years ago, continued, "First of all, he’s one of my mentors, someone I look up to and someone I always confided in when it comes to this music shit – and the personal shit too, I consider him a friend. So when it came to doing this record, he gave me the beat and said if I can do something with it [to go ahead]. I brought the beat up in the studio and we got down with King Tee and Tha Alkaholiks. I told them we’ve got to do this and submit it to Dre and see if we can make this happen. So all the things fell into place, Dr. Dre blessed the track and it was good to get Alkaholiks and King Tee in the studio one time. I don’t think we’ve ever done a whole record like that! So for everybody to be on the same track under the banner of my album, it’s like coming home!"
Napalm is in stores now.
Read the full interview at DubCNN.com.
Posted 02 November 2012 | | No Comments »
Mr. X to the Z, Xzibit joined Maria Quiban to talk about his new album Napalm and his work in the upcoming movie about Osama Bin Laden's death on MrFOXLA.
Watch the interview below: