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Xzibit, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston? What?

Posted 13 July 2005 by XzibitCentral.com | | No Comments »

Yes, Xzibit did get a chance to spend some quality time with Jennifer Aniston in foreign lands. Yes, he was trying to leave a lasting impression on her. But nooooooo! He had no part in her breakup up with Brad. “I had nothing to do with it, I like ’em a little thicker,” X said with a big laugh in Los Angeles. X-to-da-Z and Jenny-from-the-apartment were not up to any monkey business; the two were filming the thriller “Derailed” in London.

“It was all work for me,” X said. “Being around seasoned actors was an incredible environment to work in. Mikael Håfström was the director. He’s a really big established director in Sweden. This is his big drama. It’s a twisted plot, it’s dangerous, it has all the makings of a classic.”

Xzibit was cast as a guy named Dexter. “Yeah, Dexter,” X laughed. “I play an important part of the plot twist. Just when you think it is, it ain’t.” If you think the Cali king of pimped-out rides has a character name that doesn’t match his look or demeanor, wait till you get a load of his “Derailed” co-star the RZA.

“My character is Winston,” RZA said recently in New York at the Shaolin Temple. “He’s a mailroom clerk, but he’s an ex-con also. Nobody knows he’s an ex-con. I’ve been a messenger in Manhattan before, so I kinda reflected on that messenger mentality to play the role. One thing I did with the character that I think was unique was every time I came onscreen, I would whistle. When the movie is over, I want the people to go away and remember that whistle. I think he was put over as a funny guy in a way, but he had a serious past. That’s not how they wrote it, but that’s how I did it.

“I’m not a great actor yet,” he added. “I took some classes to respect the art. In the movie ‘Derailed,’ you’ll see me trying to show my first character. I’ve been in a few movies before as myself, but you’ll see me as a character. We’ll see how that goes across.”

While Xzibit has some jokes about his dealings with Jennifer Aniston, RZA has some real talk about another star of “Derailed,” Clive Owen.

“Clive really helped me a lot,” RZA said. “He made me feel really comfortable on the set. He paced very well with me when I was delivering the lines. He took time to hang out with me and put me on the right path. I think Clive is about to crack it open with this movie.”

Xzibit and RZA are keeping their feet planted in Hollywood. On April 29, X will appear in “XXX: State of the Union” with Ice Cube, as a weapons specialist (“I get to shoot a hole in the side of the Capitol building with a tank, it’s crazy,” he said with a smile). And RZA is trying to direct his first movie later this year.

“I hope that’s all right for everybody,” RZA said about directing. “I been studying movies for seven years. The [movie is called] ‘The Man With the Iron Fist,’ and I wrote it myself. I’m a kung-fu head. The kung-fu genre hasn’t been explored since the ’70s and ’80s. I think it’ll be nice now that here in America we’re not babies at it anymore. There’s students at our Shaolin Temple that’s as good as some of the students from Asia. Now that America has embraced it and absorbed it, we can produce those kinda things over here.”

Xzibit’s "Rhyme Night" hits Long Beach!

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Xzibit’s Open Bar Entertainment and Contrabandit.com bring hip-hop talent showcase Rhyme Night to Long Beach on April 29th.

Rhyme Night returns with special guests Planet Asia, Ras Kass and Strong Arm Steady, with headlining performance by Xzibit.

Long Beach, CA – After much anticipation, multi-platinum rapper Xzibit and Contrabandit.com return with the nation’s premiere hip-hop talent showcase, Rhyme Night. Hosted by Power 106FM’s Felli Fell, Rhyme Night will be held at The Vault 350 in Long Beach on April 29th. The Vault 350 is located at 350 Pine Avenue in Long Beach, CA. In addition, Los Angeles’ number one radio station, Power 106, will be broadcasting live from the venue throughout the course of the evening.

Featuring a live performance by critically acclaimed underground superstar Planet Asia, Rhyme Night will also showcase a special performance by newly freed, super-lyricist Ras Kass. For years, Fresno, CA native Planet Asia has been representing California’s often ignored, yet vibrant underground scene and is currently working on his upcoming release, The Medicine. After a brief incarceration, Carson, CA native Ras Kass’ triumphant return already has hip hop heads buzzing with his numerous recent mixtape appearances. Ras Kass graces the Rhyme Night stage while readying his upcoming new street releases, Institutionalized Volume I and II.

The evening’s headliner will be none other than Rhyme Night co-founder Xzibit, whose performance will include hits from his critically acclaimed recent release, Weapons of Mass Destruction. Xzibit’s headlining performance will also feature his group, Strong Arm Steady (Krodon, Phil the Agony, and San Diego’s Mitchy Slick). Strong Arm Steady is currently in the studio preparing their debut album, Arms and Hammers, slated for summer 2005 release.

“Rhyme Night continues to provide a platform for the West Coast’s best and brightest MCs,” says Xzibit, also host of the wildly popular MTV series Pimp My Ride and star of the blockbuster XXX: State of the Union, which opens nationwide on Friday, April 29th. “This time we are thrilled to bring Rhyme Night to Long Beach, a city with its own unique hip-hop history.”

“Power 106 has made its commitment to West Coast hip-hop clear by broadcasting live from Rhyme Night,” says Ryan Ford, who was recently named West Coast Editor of The Source magazine and is co-founder of both Rhyme Night and Contrabandit.com. “Rhyme Night continues to offer West Coast MCs a chance to shine.”

Tickets for Rhyme Night are available now! For further ticket information, please visit www.vault350.com or The Vault 350 box office which is open weekdays 10am-4pm and weekends 10am-6pm.

Check out the new XZIBIT MasterCard debit card!

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Xzibit became one of many celebrities to join the MYplash™ community by officially launching the MYplash™ Xzibit Prepaid MasterCard® Card. MYplash™ is a re-loadable prepaid card, not a credit card. It can be used anywhere MasterCard Debit Cards are accepted, including online, at retail stores and ATMs. With a MYplash™ prepaid MasterCard, you pay as you go by pre-paying the amount you wish to spend. This means you can only spend the funds which have been loaded onto the card.

“This is an honor for me,” said Xzibit. “With this card, my fans can take me to the mall, to the movies or wherever they may go, especially to see me in XXX: State of the Union!”

MYplash™ is designed for fans of all ages. However, you must be 18 years or older to purchase the card. The cards are available for purchase through www.myplash.com.

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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 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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