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

Posted 20 March 2006 by Justin Russo | | 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so many ways for music to get out nowadays that the traditional way of just dropping a single before the record is out is obsolete.”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 by Justin Russo | | 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

TV Performances

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 by Justin Russo | | 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 by Justin Russo | | 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 Is A Really Good Actor,’ Aniston Says As He Holds Gun To Her Head

Posted 27 December 2005 by Justin Russo | | No Comments »

Jennifer Aniston has nothing but praise for Xzibit’s acting skills — and all he had to do was hold a gun to her head.

“First of all, you’d think that this guy, holding a big old gun at your head …” Aniston said, referring to a scene in which they both appear in “Derailed” (see “Xzibit Insists He Had Nothing To Do With Brad And Jennifer’s Split”). “[But] he was so afraid that he was hurting me, and I kept saying, ‘Just go for it!’ I felt like he had the hesitation every once in a while.

“He’s really one of the sweetest guys on the planet,” she continued. “He’s a really good actor.”

“They’re both really fantastic actors,” Clive Owen said of his co-stars Xzibit and RZA. “The stuff they do in the movie is fantastic. You know, the relationship I’ve got with RZA in the movie is one of the key relationships. RZA’s a very, very smart and talented guy.”

Vincent Cassel, who plays a criminal in the flick, says he’s been a fan of both X and Wu-Tang for years.

“It was interesting,” he said. “I was surprised at how good they were in the movie and how humble they were. It’s like, suddenly you don’t have rap stars coming on the set — you have actors trying to make it the best they can. I really liked that humility about both of them.”

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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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