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Xzibit Exhibiting Maturity On New LP – Full Circle set to drop this summer!

Posted 20 March 2006 | | No Comments »

After 10 years, nine films, five albums and one “Pimp”-ed out TV show, Xzibit has finally come Full Circle.

The 32-year-old rapper, who first blasted onto the scene with his lyrically charged

“I’ve definitely grown a lot as an individual, as a man, and as a father, and that perspective needs to be shared and put out there.” — Xzibit

Speed of Light in 1996, is about to drop his sixth studio album this summer.

“I’ve been making records [for so long], so to be able to do what I love and do it well, I gotta take it back to what I love to do,” X said recently of his upcoming, aptly titled LP, Full Circle.

“My perspective has definitely changed [over the years],” he added. “The things I used to say when I was 18, 19 or 20 aren’t the things I’m feeling now, you know? I’ve definitely grown a lot as an individual, as a man, and as a father, and that perspective needs to be shared and put out there.

“I think having powerful music that says something is a must for me [now],” explained X, who first tackled political issues on 2004’s Weapons of Mass Destruction. “So that’s what I plan to do with this record: shed some light on the growth that I’ve had so hopefully someone can relate and feel me.”

X still won’t divulge too many details about the disc — like which producers he’s working with or who he might be teaming with in the recording booth — but he said there’ll be 17 tracks on it when it drops in August.

As for his first single — well, let’s just say you probably won’t catch it on iTunes anytime soon. “Watch the mixtape circuit,” X said. “There’s so many ways for music to get out nowadays that the traditional way of just dropping a single before the record is out is obsolete.”

The hardcore-MC-turned-actor was among a handful of performers, including Tyrese, Macy Gray and Lauryn Hill, honored earlier this month at the Tinseltown to Gotham event in Beverly Hills for accomplishing what few of their contemporaries could: successfully crossing over into a mix of entertainment genres, including film, television and music.

“It feels good to be able to go from music to film and have a good transition and be given the opportunities I’ve been given,” Xzibit said backstage, donning a slick black tuxedo for the ceremony. “The roles I’ve had have worked out great for me, and tonight is just another stepping stone in the right direction.”

Of course, X attributes much of his breakout success and crossover appeal to his tricked-out MTV show, “Pimp My Ride,” which has been able to show a different, more personable side of him.

“That show really exposed a side of my personality you don’t get to see on rap videos or read [about] in magazines,” explained X, who helps kids transform their sad, weak wheels into pimped-out masterpieces on the show, now wrapping up its fifth season.

“There were decision-makers that watched that show, and the personality was there for them,” he said. “They gave me different chances and it just worked.”

We’ve Added MORE Video Clips to XzibitCentral.com!

Posted 28 February 2006 | | No Comments »

Hey!

Last week we added a few videos but we figured why stop there, so we added 11 more high quality videos! Here are the brand new clips:

Video Clips

Live Performances

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Previews and more info on the videos is available on the Videos page.

Feel free to download as many clips as you like! If there are other videos you would like us to add, just send me an email at webmaster@xzibitcentral.com and we will do our best to get them up there for you!

Thanks,
Justin

XzibitCentral.com Now Has More Xzibit videos For You to Download!

Posted 20 February 2006 | | No Comments »

Hey!

From results of the poll that has been on the website for about 2 weeks we have found that you guys want more videos to download.

So we listened, and we’ve added a few more high quality videos to the website!

Previews and more info on the videos is available on the Videos page.

Feel free to download as many clips as you like! If there are other videos you would like us to add, just send me an email at webmaster@xzibitcentral.com and we will do our best to get them up there for you!

Thanks,
Justin

"Pimp My Ride" & West Coast Customs Part Ways

Posted 30 December 2005 | | No Comments »

MTV and West Coast Customs have amicably split, ending a relationship that helped create “Pimp My Ride”, one of the most successful television shows for music television network.

MTV has confirmed that the network and West Coast Customs have split amicably over owner Ryan Friedlinghause’s concerns about his company’s image.

The new show will air on The Discovery Channel and is being developed with the producers of “American Chopper” and “American Hot Rod.”

The untitled show will focus on private jets, helicopters, tour buses and other high-end vehicles.

“We’ve had a great experience with Ryan,” said MTV spokesman David French. “Everyone in that garage is very talented and we wish them all the best.”

Discovery Channel representatives confirmed the new project.

West Coast Customs’ new headquarters will be based in a 21,000 square foot corporate-style building/warehouse in an industrial park in Corona, which has a thriving auto industry.

“Pimp My Ride”, hosted by rapper Xzibit, debuted in March 2004 and quickly became one of MTV’s most watched shows.

The 30-minute series featured West Coast Customs taking worthless cars and tricking them out to the tune of $20,000.

A version of the show debuted in the U.K. earlier this year.

Xzibit Far From Done With Music

Posted 27 December 2005 | | No Comments »

HOLLYWOOD — Xzibit wants to make something very real clear about the future of his music career: mainly, that there will be one.

“I’m not done. I’m far from done,” the rapper said on the set of Korn’s “Twisted Transistor” video, in which he impersonates the band’s bassist, Fieldy (see “Lil Jon, Snoop, Xzibit, David Banner Star In New Korn Video”). “I’m taking [the film roles] as they come, but I’m still focused on my music,” X said.

In fact, the West Coast rap star and his clique, Strong Arm Steady, just released an album last week, an independent venture titled Strong Arm Steady Presents: The Collectors Edition Vol. I. The LP features the best freestyles and mixtape cuts from X and his band of MCs: Mitchy Slick, Phil the Agony and Krondon. Talib Kweli, Planet Asia and Chace Infanet also make appearances on the album.

“We been bubblin’ in the Los Angeles underground for years,” X said. “So now we’re out here just making the music we want to make and this is our first step forward with that.”

The West Coast rapper, who recently parted ways with Columbia Records, insists that despite the setback, he will eventually be releasing a follow-up to 2004’s Weapons of Mass Destruction, which had some harsh commentary about President George W. Bush (see “Xzibit Joins The Anti-Bush Fray With New LP, Compares Iraq To Detroit”).

“We’ve been workin’ on that right now. I haven’t come to a place where I can say where I’m gonna put it through yet, but still, we constantly workin’ on the music,” X said. “And you never know who’s in there with us. I won’t let any cats out of any bags, but we’re always in the studio workin’.”

Meanwhile, you can get your Xzibit fix when the first of his two films on deck hits theaters on November 11. The rapper has a small role in “Derailed,” which tracks two business executives, played by Jennifer Aniston and Clive Owen, who are blackmailed by a violent criminal. X will play a man named Dexter, who is part of an elaborate scheme. Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA is also featured in the flick, starring as a mailroom clerk who turns out to be an ex-con (see “Xzibit Insists He Had Nothing To Do With Brad and Jennifer’s Split”).

Then there’s “The Gridiron Gang,” featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Sean Porter, a probation officer who forms a football team in hopes of reforming a group of troubled youth by teaching them the value of teamwork.

“It’s not about football. It’s more or less about kids in troubled backgrounds in this group-home facility and instead of rehabilitating them the regular state way, we give them the option to play football instead,” explained X, who will play the team’s assistant coach.

The film was shot on location in Los Angeles and at Camp Kilpatrick, a real juvenile detention facility, in Malibu, California. It is slated for a November 2006 release.

And of course, X is also busy filming the third and fourth seasons of his MTV wheels-makeover show, “Pimp My Ride.”

— Brandee J. Tecson, with reporting by Corey Moss


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