Xzibit Goes Back II Basics on the "Full Circle" World Tour

Posted 17 April 2007 | | No Comments »

Xzibit will take time out from MTV’s “Pimp My Ride” to work the stage during a month long world-wide tour.

The west coast rap icon launches the Back II Basics World Tour on May 5 in Brussels, and wraps things up June 26 in Adelaide. The itinerary is included below.

Xzibit will be rocking the mic to promote his 6th solo album, Full Circle, released in October 2006.

To kick off the Back II Basics tour Xzibit will take part in the Gumball 3000 Rally – a 5000km (3000mile) car rally that winds its way throughout Europe.

In a recent interview Xzibit show how keen he is to get the tour started.
“I can’t wait to get back out there to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the UK, Germany; you know what I’m saying, [then] come back to the States and kill it!”

“Full Circle is the strongest record that I’ve put out for a long time man – as far as I’m concerned. Just where the material came from, how strong the material sounds; you know what I’m saying – and the way it came together.”

The rapper has found a broader audience since landing his role on MTV’s “Pimp My Ride,” which films custom auto makeovers awarded to random winners. He recently recorded an episode of Pimp My Ride with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on an Earth Day special to promote the importance of global warming.

Justin Russo from Xzibit’s Official Fan site http://www.xzibitcentral.com states “It’s been 3 years since the last worldwide tour so the fans will certainly be excited to see Xzibit back performing live on stage again! X brings so much energy to the stage in his live shows; any hip hop fan would be crazy to miss this!”

Date – City – Venue
5/28/07 Brussels – Ancienne Belgique
5/29/07 Paris – Elysee Montmartre
5/30/07 Koln – Live Music Hall
5/31/07 Zurich – Volkshaus
6/1/07 DAY OFF
6/2/07 Copenhagen – Vega
6/3/07 Hamburg – Grosse Freiheit
6/4/07 Amsterdam – Paradiso
6/5/07 DAY OFF
6/6/07 Oslo – Rockerfeller
6/7/07 Stockholm – Berns
6/8/07 Malmo – KB
6/9/07 DAY OFF
6/10/07 Berlin – Columbia Club
6/11/07 Munich – Muffathalle
6/12/07 Luxembourg – Den Atelier
6/13/07 DAY OFF
6/14/07 London – Astoria
6/15/07 Glasgow – Barrowlands
6/16/07 Dublin – Ambassador
6/17/07 DAY OFF
6/18/07 DAY OFF
6/19/07 DAY OFF
6/20/07 New Zealand promo day
6/21/07 Auckland – St James
6/22/07 Sydney – Luna Park
6/23/07 Brisbane – The Arena (All Ages)
6/24/07 DAY OFF
6/25/07 DAY OFF
6/26/07 Perth – Capital
6/27/07 DAY OFF
6/28/07 DAY OFF
6/29/07 Melbourne – Metro
6/30/07 Adelaide – Thebarton Theatre

Japan tour dates are yet to be announced.

Dates are subject to change, for more updates and links to ticket vendors visit http://www.xzibitcentral.com

Source: XzibitCentral.com Exclusive!

Arnold Schwarzenegger Orders ‘Pimp My Ride’ Engine For His Hummer

Posted 15 April 2007 | | No Comments »

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was so impressed by the biodiesel makeover he took part in on an upcoming environmentally-themed Pimp My Ride show, he insisted mechanics install the same engine under the bonnet of his Hummer.

The star and rapper/host Xzibit joined forces to makeover a 1965 Chevy Impala and give the classic vehicle an environmental, biodiesel edge as part of an Earth Day Pimp My Ride.

And Schwarzenegger was stunned when Galpin Auto Sports mechanics fitted the classic car with an 800 horsepower biofuel engine, equipped with recycled plastic bottles. He has now asked Galpin boss Beau Boeckman to fit the same engine in his own car.

Source: XzibitCentral.com Exclusive!

Arnold Schwarzenegger Teams Up With Rapper Xzibit On An Earth Saving ‘Pimp My Ride’ Show

Posted 09 April 2007 | | No Comments »

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger teamed up with rapper Xzibit to “pimp” a ’65 Chevy Impala on an upcoming episode of MTV’s hit show Pimp My Ride.

Schwarzenegger, Mad Mike and the crew of Pimp My Ride give the Impala an ecological make over on the show’s season premiere, which takes place on Earth Day (Apr. 22).

“I would like to thank MTV and the entire Pimp My Ride crew for shining the spotlight on the importance of alternative fuels and the fight against global warming,” Governor Schwarzenegger said in a statement. “I am very encouraged by the great potential in converting vehicles to run on biodiesel as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “I am pleased that the power of MTV’s message will reach an audience throughout California and the nation to reinforce the benefits of alternative-fuel vehicles and protecting our environment.”

The special edition features the Impala getting an 800 horsepower Duramax diesel engine that will run on biodiesel fuel, educating viewers during the show about the benefits of ecological friendly cars.

“What better way to celebrate the anniversary of our Break the Addiction campaign than pimping the environment with a pro like Governor Schwarzenegger – a powerful voice in the fight against climate change,” added Christina Norman, President, MTV. “During the past year, we’ve reached millions, giving our audience the tools they want to make changes in their own lives. The state of our environment is one of the most critical issues facing our audience today and we’re honored that we can inspire and educate even more as we celebrate Earth Day with this special Pimp My Ride event.”

Pimp My Ride premieres Apr. 22, on Earth Day.

Source: XzibitCentral.com Exclusive!

‘Pimp My Ride’ Drives Into Virtual Territory with Debut of MTV Networks – ‘Virtual Pimp My Ride’

Posted 05 April 2007 | | 1 Comment »

For all those who have wanted to be a part of “Pimp My Ride” but you dont meet the MTV criteria – this is the answer for you!

“Pimp My Ride” fans can now sport some of the coolest virtual vehicles with the debut of Virtual Pimp My Ride (available for free download at http://www.virtualpimpmyride.mtv.com/). The first virtual world inspired by the Southern California car culture of Van Nuys, California, Virtual Pimp My Ride debuts tomorrow along with the season premiere of MTV’s “Pimp My Ride” at 9PM ET/PT. With the help of rap superstar and host Xzibit, and car customization specialist Mad Mike and his crazy car makeover team at Galpin Auto Sports, MTV also announced the kick-off of the “Virtual Pimp My Ride Car Show-Off Contest.” The winner will walk away with not only the most tricked out virtual vehicle, but a real, brand new, tricked out car.

The first car “show-off” will be held on April 19th, at 9:30pm EDT at the virtual Galpin Auto Sports show-off lot and will continue every other week until the May 24th finale — where the winner will be crowned. Every other week members from the “Pimp My Ride” cast will come in-world to meet fans and judge the various “show-offs” to find the hottest pimp’d out virtual ride.

Fans will be able to purchase starter vehicles using MTV dollars, head to the Galpin Auto Sports virtual garages and begin customizing everything from their paint job and hoods, to tricked out tires and rims. Brand new racing tracks and customized car challenges will be unveiled throughout the season. Virtual Pimp Ride will extend car culture further into MTV’s current virtual world, Virtual Laguna Beach/Virtual Hills, with additional annex Galpin Auto Sports garages, so fans are never too far away.

Virtual Pimp My Ride debuts on Thursday, April 5th, the same night as the on-air premiere of the new season of “Pimp My Ride” at 9PM ET/PT. An in-world premiere party will take place at 9:30 PM ET complete with special cast appearances.

Virtual Pimp My Ride represents the evolution of MTV Networks’ virtual worlds and will extend car culture further into MTVN’s current virtual worlds. Virtual Pimp My Ride is the third virtual world experience from MTV Networks to be hosted on Makena Technologies’ “there.com” platform.

Source: XzibitCentral.com Exclusive!

Xzibit Nominated for Best TV Show at 2007 Urban Music Awards

Posted 18 March 2007 | | No Comments »

The 2007 list of nominations for the Annual Urban Music Awards has been released in time for the July 7 ceremony. The Urban Music Awards will be held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York and will be attended by more than 2,500 Artist, DJs, producers, promoters, record labels executives and urban and hip hop music fans from across the country.

Xzibit features in the “Best TV Show” category for the highly popular MTV show, “Pimp My Ride”. Xzibit will face stiff competition with the likes of Dave Chappelle and his worldwide parody comedy series “The Dave Chappelle Show”. Xzibit is also up against Ice T with “Ice T’s Rap School” and Nick Cannon’s “Wild and Out”.

Celebrating its 5 year anniversary in 2007, the Urban Music Awards USA is proud to launch in the US with the Urban Music Awards has been a successful award ceremony which started in the UK in 2003 and to date is the only ceremony which is 100% nominated and voted for by the public. The ceremony was born out of the need to recognize the achievement of Hip Hop, R&B, Soul and urban music artist, labels, radio stations, within different countries and continents around the world.

The Urban Music Awards is the 1st and only worldwide people’s choice awards ceremony. It’s an awards ceremony who has gained credibility by turning ‘music buyers’ to ‘decision makers’ giving them the power to decide on who gets nominated and who gets to win one of our coveted trophies. We have been accepting nominations and have received a total of 570,000 submissions by urban music lovers from the USA, Europe and Asia and we are proud to announce these year’s nominees.

The 2007 nominees for the Urban Music Awards USA are:
Artist of the Year
John Legend
Nelly Furtado

Best Album
Akon – Konvicted
Bobby Valentino – Special Occasion
Ciara – The Evolution
Diddy – Press Play
Lupe Fiasco – Food
Nas – Hip hop Is Dead

Best Collaboration 2007
Birdman feat. Lil’ Wayne – Stutin Like My Daddy
Busta Rhymes feat. Mary J Blige, Missy, Papoose
Diddy feat. Keyshia Cole – Last Night
Fat Joe feat. Lil’ Wayne – Make It Rain
Ludacris feat. Mary J Blige – Runaway Love

Best Entrepreneur
Jimmy ‘Henchmen’ Rosemond
Micheal ‘Blue’ Willams
Russell Simmons
Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs

Best Female Group
Danity Kane
The Pussycat Dolls

Best Gospel Act
Alan Jackson
Ce Ce Winans
Kirk Franklin
Mary Mary
Patti Labelle

Best Hip Hop Act 2007
Jim Jones
The Game

Best International Latino Act
Daddy Yankee
Hector Bambino

Best International Reggae Act
Beenie Man
Busy Signal
Sean Paul
Stephen and Damien Marley

Best Male group
Gnarls Barkley
Pretty Ricky
The Black Eyed Peas
Ying Yang Twins

Best Music Video
Cassie – Long Way to Go
Jay Z – Lost Ones
Kelis – Bossy
Ne-Yo – Sexy Love
Rihanna – Unfaithful

Best Neo Soul Act
Corrine Bailey Rae
India Arie
Musiq Soulchild

Best Newcomer 2007
Corrine Bailey Rae
Lady Sovereign
One Chance

Best R&B Act
Justin Timberlake

Best Radio Station
Hot 97 (New York)
Hot 99.3 (Austin, Texas)
Power 106 (Los Angeles)
Q 104.7 (Ventura)
XM Raw 66 (Satellite Radio)

Best TV Show
Dave Chappelle – The Dave Chappelle Show
Ice T – Ice T’s Rap School
Nick Cannon – Wild and Out
Xzibit – Pimp My Ride

Best US Radio DJ
Angie Martinez
Cipha Sounds
Fatman Scoop
Funkmaster Flex
Kay Slay

Best Video Model/Dancer
Gloria Verez
Melyssa Ford
Tanya (From Tony Yayo Video)

Most Inspiring Act 2007
Lupe Fiasco

Lifetime Achievement (To be announced)

Outstanding Achievement (To be announced)

XzibitCentral.com would like to wish Xzibit the best of luck in the 2007 Urban Music Awards!


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