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Interview with Xzibit regarding his upcoming Australian tour

Posted 18 September 2008 by Justin Russo | | 1 Comment »

Time To Get Busy, Y’all: Getting up and ready to leave his mark …

He has pimped our rides on MTV, XXX’d us on the big screens and now the megastar that is Xzibit is getting ready to bring his famous brand of Hip Hop to Geelong as one of the international headlining acts for the Grazzhopper Festival.

Xzibit is easily one of the biggest names of this century, and although he is equally as famous for his TV and film exploits, it’s his popular rap music including tracks like ‘Multiply’ and ‘X’ that catapulted him into total stardom. His impressive catalogue, along with his renowned live shows that have taken him all over the world, are now set to draw masses of hip hop fans and music lovers in general to Beckley Park on October 4.

In preparation for the festival I had the unique chance to talk to Xzibit about his impressions of Australia, what audiences can expect at the festival and what the future holds for this remarkable performer.

With various promotional and concert tours Xzibit has been to Australia a number of times before but for those people who are curious as to how Xzibit got involved with Grazzhopper according to the man himself it was as simple as: “They called me, they booked it.”

In regards to previous trips to Australia Xzibit was somewhat reluctant to discuss incidents like: “Almost drowning and then having my run in on the Rove show…” he was, however, happy to alter the subject to kangaroo pizza. “We can talk about the kangaroo pizza though. I had some kangaroo pizza one of the first times I went out there, right before I went on the boat. It was weird it tasted kind of rubbery like deer meat. Its one of those things you just have to try like alligator, I was just in New Orleans so I had alligator – that was like chicken,” he said.

Similar to the kangaroo pizza this visit to Australia will provide Xzibit with another first. “It will be my first time in Geelong. Except I was calling it Gheelong. The rest of my touring staff will be like Gheelong,” he said extremely amused.

For fans Xzibit’s performance at Grazzhopper will be the ultimate experience but as Xzibit explains it’s not just a show for rap fans. “Its hip hop but we’ve been able to tour with Lincoln Park and on the Anger Management tours, we’ve been able to fit along live bands for a long time so at ‘The Gheelong’ it’s not going to be a stretch for us. I think what makes us similar is the energy that we put out on stage I mean it’s a total different genre of music but what we do up there is similar to the way rock feels. I know that’s been my forte for live performances for the longest. So it should be a slam-dunk for us.”

Xzibit also has some reasonable expectations of the audience. “I like when the crowd is energetic. I like it when they are ready to see a show. I like when the crowd is receptive. You know sometimes you’ve got to win a crowd over and sometimes you can bowl them over! I don’t go out there asking for no hand out but I like a crowd that likes to get busy. You know what I’m saying? I like to get up and I like to really get some energy going.”

Despite all the fame and fortune and his approachable public persona Xzibit is wary of being caught up in the hype that surrounds him. “I don’t really consider what I do as a job as really defining who I am as a person. My character of who I am as a man has been developed well before Xzibit ever existed. So I think what my struggle for the longest time was actually thinking that people accepted me because of my job. But that’s not it. I can be very comfortable being me but what I do as a musician is just that. It’s a fine line you’ve got to walk. You know some people believe their own images and that ain’t it. I’m a well traveled, seasoned veteran in this, so me knowing who I am was half the battle.”

Xzibit is also cautious of becoming complacent and taking advantage of his position. “I don’t trip off stuff like that, I like to be challenged. I still feel like I haven’t recorded my best record, that I still haven’t made my mark. I’ve done a lot but I still feel like what I know or what I’ve been through – you guys don’t get it yet. You know what I’m saying, like I really need to explain myself with just a little bit more detail. We’ve had a lot fun and we are going to continue to do that but I need to lay it out a little bit differently for y’all. But that’s just me. I think that’s the next level of pushing yourself not just accepting what everybody else accepts – that’s what separates the average from the great.”

Although he is internationally known for his talents as a performer when asked which of his careers satisfies him the most his answer was simple. “I’m a father first. There’s got to be family. Without family you have no foundation. After that I’m a musician because that’s the best way I can communicate with people. I know that well, I can do that in my sleep. And then after that it’s basically film and TV and entrepreneurial opportunities. I’m a Virgo so my organization of my life is off the charts, when it needs to be (laughs). For me that’s another expression of who I am and what I need to do. If the right opportunity presents itself than you never know what I’m capable of until I try it,” he said.

“Eventually there is nothing sexy about a fifty year old rapper- I just ain’t seen it yet!! So eventually that hat is going to have to come off. But it doesn’t mean I’m just going to have to be done with that part of my life. One thing comes off and another thing comes on, you know? But who knows, right? My heart’s got to put me in the right direction.”

Before Xzibit potentially becomes that first un-sexy fifty year old rapper be sure to check him out in all his buff, toned and very sexy glory this October at the Grazzhopper festival.

Xzibit (US) plays an exclusive show at the Grazzhopper Festival at Beckley Park, Geelong on Saturday October 4.

Source: Brigitte Stone – http://www.beat.com.au

New Xzibit Blog: Today is my birthday…….

Posted 18 September 2008 by Justin Russo | | No Comments »

And I am 34 big ones!!!! To some….im a young man, to others I may be a old man depends on which side of the fence you are on at the moment. There’s no party planned, so dont ask. I did one in vegas last year at the palms in las vegas, it was dope. I might do one next year for 35, to me…thats a milestone.As I get thru the day im getting emails and text messages from “friends” saying happy birthday and it feels good that they actually remembered it. I got a suprise yesterday, my girl and my son gave me a star wars millieneum falcon and a birthday cake. I might not seem excited about my birthday and you are right. Not for any bad reason in particular, I wasnt raised celebrating my birthday. I had my first birthday party at 18 or 19 I cant really remember. My parents were Jehovah’s Witnesses, so we never celebrated bithdays or holidays, accepted or exchanged gifts or said the pledge of allegence. Only until I was an adult and on my own, did I start “having” birthdays and birthday partys. You know im always reading between the lines so here is what I observed. The celebration of YOUR birthday, 9 times out of 10 ends up being a reason for YOU to get everbody else drunk…… Im a horrible person to throw a suprise party for as well, Simply because I ask to many questions and I know when people are lying, and I really pay attention to body language. Most of my friends cant hold in a fart….. let alone a secret. SO I wasnt looking to party this year. No, this year I went ocean fishing out of Long Beach for my birthday. I went alone to clear my thoughts. There were 9 old guys on the boat, we went out about 6am and came back the dock about 4pm. There was a guy with no teeth on the boat, his name was “SMILEY”… of course, and he and the rest of the guys on the boat went on and on about how much they despised each other and wanted to throw each other over the side, it was hilarious!!! Then they shared sandwiches and fig newtons they each had brought from home that morning. They were from all diffrent walks of life but on the boat, they were 1 and the same. These guys had no idea who or what I was getting up early with the “die hards” and they could care less, I was one of the guys when I bought the 1st round of Bud lights, but when I caught a 10 lb link cod I became the enemy! LOL It was .. that! I came home and had dinner with my family with the fish I had caught ( and I caught the biggest fish on the boat and WON the jackpot 50bucks….LOL ) and my son was excited because he is doing so well in school, his history teacher asked him to host the 1st 15 mins of class for him. I had a great time yesterday, it was diffrent from all my other birthdays if you had to line em all up and look at them side by side. But to me it was best. I got to see the ocean relax and clear my thoughts. I have alot of work to do right now, I am feeling like its time to get this music up out of me and get it to you guys asap. No time for BS ,that way…. when I get to where I need to be……..Then I have a REASON to celebrate.

Yours Truly

Alvin “XZIBIT” Joiner

“Virgo’s my not rule the world, but you gotta come to us to organize the troops!!!!!”

Source: XzibitCentral.com Exclusive!

Happy 34th Birthday Mr X to the Z, Xzibit!

Posted 18 September 2008 by Justin Russo | | No Comments »

All of us here at XzibitCentral.com would like to wish Alvin Joiner (who we all know as Xzibit) a happy 34th birthday for September 18th!

Lets hope the future continues to bring positive things to you and your family.

Have a good day mate!

Justin Russo
XzibitCentral.com Owner and Xzibit.com Administrator

Source: XzibitCentral.com Exclusive!

Xzibit shows announced in Geelong and Sydney, Australia!

Posted 17 September 2008 by Justin Russo | | No Comments »

Xzibit will be jet setting back out to Australia in early October! See below for the two events X has planned:

Geelong’s Grazzhopper festival
Beckley Park
Geelong VIC Australia
Saturday 4 Oct 2008
Tickets: http://www.grazzhopperfestival.com

Saturday October 4 is festival day, and it is a riot of activity at Grazzhopper HQ in the leadup. Everyone is working round the clock to make Grazzhopper 08 a killer event.
Xzibit is the headline act and he wont disappoint!
THE BIGGEST EVER MUSICAL EVENT TO HAPPEN IN THE GEELONG REGION, GRAZZHOPPER FESTIVAL IS A MUST SEE FOR LOVERS OF ROCK, HIP HOP & DANCE MUSIC.
A LICENSED, ALL-AGES ALL-DAY AFFAIR, HELD OVER THREE STAGES, INCLUDING AN ENORMOUS BIG TOP MARQUEE, THE FESTIVAL IS GOING TO BE MASSIVE. FIRST ROUND TICKETS HAVE SOLD OUT, SECOND ROUND TICKETS HAVE SOLD OUT – BUT THERE ARE STILL SOME THIRD ROUND TICKETS LEFT IF YOU’RE QUICK.

Some of the other acts performing on the day include: THE RAPTURE ‘Throne of Blood’ DJ SET USA (only Vic Show) * GRINSPOON * FAKER * SHIHAD * OPERATOR PLEASE * THE GALVATRONS * MAMMAL * DUKES OF WINDSOR * BLUEJUICE * VANDALISM * TRIAL KENNEDY * YOUNG & RESTLESS * MUPH & PLUTONIC

 

Xzibit

The Forum, Sydney
The Entertainment Quarter (directly opposite the Hordern pavillion)
Moore Park NSW Australia
Sunday 5 Oct 2008 7:00 PM
Tickets: http://www.moshtix.com.au

On Air Entertainment is pleased to announce the return of hip hop superstar Xzibit to Sydney in early October 2008. After headlining the Grasshopper festival in Geelong, Xzibit will perform 1 exclusive show at the Forum in Sydney on October 5th before returning to the states. Xzibit will take the stage in Sydney for an exclusive Australian performance and the intimate setting of the Forum is sure to make this show one not to be missed.

Tickets on sale now through Moshtix – http://www.moshtix.com.au

For more information go to: http://www.xzibitcentral.com/tourdates.php

As I am based in Australia, I hope to be able to get in touch with Xzibit while he is out here to see what he has planned for the near future. Keep an eye on XzibitCentral.com for more first hand information!

Enjoy,

Justin – XzibitCentral.com Founder – http://www.xzibitcentral.com

Source: XzibitCentral.com Exclusive!

New Xzibit Blog: DR DRE AND THE LOSS OF ANDRE YOUNG JR………

Posted 28 August 2008 by Justin Russo | | No Comments »

I cant even begin to express my sadness for my dear friend at this time. Dr DRE has been a mentor a friend and a real guild thru some of the best and worst times in my carrier. When I lost my son Xavier in may it was a horrible experience for my family and I, and to have this happen to someone in the circle as well brings back all of those feelings right back. My son was alive for almost 2 weeks and passed, It hurt like hell, Andre Young Jr. was 20 years old, so Doc got to see him mature to a young man. Its not natural for a parent to bury a child at any point in time of your life, trust me. My prayers go out to the Young Family and I would like to ask all of you to do the same. Ladies and gentlemen life is extremly short, dont take a day you are alive for granted, if you have kids, love em, hug them and tell them! You never know when its going to be the last time you get to say it to them. My heart goes out to my big homie DR DRE!

Alvin”XZIBIT”Joiner

ps. If you have a way to go to the aftermath web site go visit and leave any thoughts for DRE and his family. thanks.

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BIOGRAPHY

Xzibit Pimp My Ride Birth Date: 18 Sep 1974
Birth Place: Detroit
Birth Name: Alvin Nathaniel Joiner

A name familiar to millions across the world - a hustler in the music, film, and television world, X is a performer as likely to be seen on-stage thrilling listeners in Germany as he is on cinema screens in blockbuster franchises like xXx 2 and The X Files: I Want To Believe. Let him tell it and he is simply "a self-made man from poverty." Throughout his career he's embodied a Do-It-Yourself mentality, resulting in the Platinum recording artist becoming a superstar with a formidable fanbase that spans the entire globe.

X began his grind to superstardom as he came to the attention of attentive Hip-Hop listenersas a member of the revered rap collective Likwit Crew. Founder and West Coast Hip-Hop veteran King Tee enlisted raucous group Tha Alkaholiks and newcomer X into the clique as original Likwit representatives. From there, the tenacious X unleashed his 1996 debut, At The Speed Of Life. Considered by many to be an underground rap classic, it arguably made him the breakout star of the Likwit collective. The album also spawned a definitive West Coast Hip-Hop cut in the cautionary "Paparazzi." "That song still gets a crazy reception from my fans," says its creator. "It first blew up overseas, but it ended up travelling everywhere. It's a timeless record." With enlightened Hip-Hop listeners swarming to offer their approval, he swiftly followed up this release with another Hip-Hop staple. Sophomore release 40 Dayz & 40 Nights was lauded by critics and fans alike, as its lead single "What U See Is What U Get" spent an astonishing six weeks atop the chart on BET's Rap City... read more at the Xzibit Biography page.

PIMP MY RIDE

Pimp My Ride DVD Cover Season 1 Mr X to the Z and the good people at West Coast Customs make people's cars go from dirt to pimped in this 30 minute show that airs weekly on MTV. Featuring Los Angeles-area aftermarket shop West Coast Customs, “MTV Pimp My Ride” selects young, automotively challenged Southern Californians and transforms their rust buckets into triumphs.

For many young adults, getting the insurance or finance to fix up their cars can be difficult and taking out a car loan is often no an option. “It’s not just about the cars anymore,” X said, but also “the boost that these kids get in their self-esteem. You can see it in their faces.” "Everybody has had a bucket in their life," said X, using L.A. slang for a clunker. He has had two of his own rides — a Hummer H2 and a Mercedes-Benz S500 — "pimped" at West Coast Customs. A typical episode begins with X paying a surprise visit to the viewer and humorously highlighting the car's numerous problem areas. Then it's off to West Coast Customs, where a team of professionals disassembles the vehicle and completely refurbishes it with custom rims and paint, plush interiors and the latest in lighting, car audio and video accessories. Wheels, Grilles, Body Kits, Customer Paint, Rims, Tires, Car Audio, Car DVD Video and Computer Systems, and many more crazy additions are transplanted into a Pimped Rides every episode! ... read more at the Pimp My Ride page.


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