Posted 31 August 2015 | | No Comments »
Xzibit hosted this week’s episode of Dr. Dre’s Beats 1 radio show “The Pharmacy” yesterday (August 29). DJ Battlecat mixed the music.
On the show, Xzibit featured upcoming Compton, California rapper AD, who he took on stage with him at Art of Rap festival in July.
Dr. Dre called about 10 minutes into the program to express his appreciation for Xzibit.
“The show is sounding incredible right now,” he said. “Thank you so much for filling in for me. This shit is crazy. I’m loving it. I’m so happy I made this choice.”
Elsewhere in the two-hour show, Xzibit shares his thoughts on the N.W.A film Straight Outta Compton and the album that the movie is based on.
“Congratulations to our founding fathers, the original members of N.W.A, to break box office numbers in the first weekend,” Xzibit says. “It’s made so much money and so many accolades, got so many nods from different places. I think it’s dope that something so real gets to shine and the attention that it deserves. To personally know these gentlemen after being a fan and then seeing it all come to fruition, it’s deserved. It’s good that something can be so inspiring to so many other people. I remember hearing a story from Dre himself, about how they went and did a show at the Apollo and got booed. And then right after that, they came back and released that album and then the world has been gravitating to them ever since. You never know. It’s a story about never giving up. It’s a story about being who they are and never apologizing for that.”
Xzibit details his relationship with Dr. Dre, which began with his guest verse on Snoop Dogg’s “Bitch Please. The song was produced by Dr. Dre and was on 1999’s No Limit Top Dogg. Sixteen years later, Xzibit was featured on the rapper-producer’s third and allegedly final album, Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre.
“When I got the call from Dre to come do ‘Bitch Please,’ which was the first time we had actually got down and sat face-to-face and worked on something, I ran to the studio,” he says. “I don’t even know if I needed a car to get there. So when I got in the studio, when I laid the track, it became a point of I thanked him for working with me. From there, it was kinda like the relationship built from there. Even since, Dr. Dre’s been a mentor. He’s been a friend. He’s also been somebody I can confide in. To get the call for Compton, it was exciting because he has so many other outlets and so many other emcees that he has access to, for him to see that there’s a special place for my man right here, so the fact that he heard me and envisioned that, it just adds to the fact that what we’re supposed to be doing here is supposed to happen.”
Dr. Dre posted on Instagram to announce the host change prior to the show’s air.
“Even The Dr. needs a vacation,” he wrote. “Mr. X to the Z taking over #ThePharmacy this week.”
Xzibit and Dr. Dre have also been working with Slim the Mobster, a former Aftermath signee, since his release from jail.
Xzibit hosts Open Bar Radio with Soren Baker on Friday nights on 93.5 KDAY.
Posted 10 August 2014 | | No Comments »
Xzibit recently shared an adventure with Dr. Dre on a super yacht, with the pictures below coming from Xzibit’s instagram. Here is the pictorial summary of the cruise:
Off on another one. #yachtclub @beatsbydre @bonitatequila @mrskristajoiner #france
Breakfast is served, Saint-Tropez beautiful. @beatsbydre @bonitatequila @hughes2society
@bonitatequila in the coconut, sun in the sky, damn this is amazing! St Tropez #yachtclub
#nofilter #nochasers Rollin like a pair of dice, lounging in paradise. Getting my mind right. #positivepeopleonly
Time to drop these toys In the water and go get it. @bonitatequila @betsafe @beatsbydre #capri
“Give a man a fish, he will eat for a day, teach a man to fish he will eat for a lifetime.” @hughes2society @beatsbydre @betsafe #loveyourlife.
Have to get out away from the yacht on order to take a pic of the entire thing. #damn #blessed #humbled #capri @bonitatequila @betsafe @beatsbydre
Breakfast of champions! A bacon cheeseburger served on a glazed doughnut! With Coronas and @bonitatequila shots #wow
Many thanks to The Young’s, Nicole and @DrDre for allowing us to take this journey with them. I have learned many things as an artist from Dre, but there is a friendship that fuels all of this that has become stronger than any record that could be made in a studio. Nicole Young the queen of the kingdom is one of the best human beings I have met outside of @mrskristajoiner, I am blessed to have company of this magnitude at this time in my life. Now, get your mind right, don’t hate, even if you do, it’s not going to stop anything we do, I’m just trying to make it easier to swallow for you. @beatsbydre @bonitatequila #humbleisthenewcocky @hughes2society
Xzibit Takes Young De to Dr. Dre’s House, De Finds Himself Rapping in Front of Snoop Lion, The D.O.C. & Fred Wreck
Posted 23 May 2013 | | 1 Comment »
Xzibit recently introduced his young protege Demrick aka Young De, to West Coast's finest Dr. Dre.
Xzibit reached out to Young De one day with an offer he could not pass up: "He called me up one day and said, 'We're going to Dre's house,'" Demrick says during an interview with SkeeTV. "He said, "Just come, ride along and let's see what happens.'"
The pair arrived at Dr. Dre's house where Xzibit introduced De as quite possibly the West Coast's next big artist. Before long, Young De found himself kicking it in Dre's kitchen "He's going around and he's kind of just playing instrumentals in his kitchen at his house," Demrick says of Dre. "He looked at me. He asked me, 'What do you got?'". As Young De started rapping, a crowd including Snoop Lion, The D.O.C. and Fred Wreck gathered in Dre's kitchen, Demrick says. Then, Dre pitted Demrick against another rapper, whom he did not identify.
Young De notes he was surprised at how the meeting with Dre played out. "You think you're going to press play for him and you're going to play some records," Demrick says. "You don't think it's going to come down to Dre, Snoop, everybody. Xzibit's in the corner saying, 'You're killing it. You're doing your thing.' You never think it's going to come down to a boom box a beat and what you got."
Xzibit and Young De freestyling
For more information on Young De go to IamDemrick.com
Xzibit Celebrates Launch of Bonita Platinum Tequila with Dr. Dre, Mel-Man, Snoop Dogg at Hyde Bellagio, Las Vegas
Posted 09 March 2013 | | 1 Comment »
On March 2, successful hip-hop star turned business mogul Xzibit hosted a private, invite-only affair at Hyde Bellagio in Las Vegas to celebrate the launch of his newest business endeavor, Bonita Platinum Tequila.
The star, who endorses and co-owns the premium beverage line, was joined at the Sin City Hot spot by Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre.
Looking stylish in a tuxedo, Xzibit greeted and posed for photos with his guests before joining the celebration inside where he caught up with Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Mel-Man, King Tee and other friends at an intimate table tucked in a corner.
Xzibit’s guests sipped specialty Bonita Platinum Tequila cocktails such as the X-tini and Bonita Rita while they enjoyed unrivaled views of the famous Fountains of Bellagio.
At the conclusion of the private event, clubgoers flooded the venue ready for a night of fun. Xzibit and a small group of friends settled into a plush VIP booth beneath Hyde’s dramatic fireplace where they continued to enjoy the night.
Later in the evening, Xzibit surprised the packed nightclub by jumping on the mic from the DJ booth. “I am so excited to be launching Bonita Platinum Tequila here tonight at Hyde Bellagio. Make some noise!” He said before rapping alongside beats spun by DJ Konflikt. Virgin Records’ Executive Ron Fair also attending in support of Xzibit’s Bonita Platinum Tequila launch. The crowd and club patrons were also treated to an impromptu rendition of a song from Xzibit’s latest album, Napalm. They then returned to their VIP booth where they continued to celebrate into the early morning hours.
Posted 13 November 2012 | | No Comments »
Xzibit brought two forces integral to his music career together on "Napalm": Dr. Dre and The Likwit Crew. He tells DubCNN how and why he did it. On his recently-released album, Napalm, Xzibit attracted a lot of attention for his song "King Louis XIII." The Dr. Dre-produced record features early Xzibit mentors Tha Alkaholiks and King Tee, who joined him in the Likwit Crew.
X explained to DubCNN.com how the song came together, especially since it was independently released on X's EMI-distributed Open Bar imprint. "First, you gotta get the track and I ain’t talking about him just giving you the beat! Dr. Dre gotta give you the beat and the paperwork with his signature on it and he’s got to give you the files. Once I saw Rob come in the studio with the hard drives, I knew I was in there!," said the rapper with a laugh.
Xzibit, who worked extensively with Dr. Dre on his Restless and Man Versus Machine albums years ago, continued, "First of all, he’s one of my mentors, someone I look up to and someone I always confided in when it comes to this music shit – and the personal shit too, I consider him a friend. So when it came to doing this record, he gave me the beat and said if I can do something with it [to go ahead]. I brought the beat up in the studio and we got down with King Tee and Tha Alkaholiks. I told them we’ve got to do this and submit it to Dre and see if we can make this happen. So all the things fell into place, Dr. Dre blessed the track and it was good to get Alkaholiks and King Tee in the studio one time. I don’t think we’ve ever done a whole record like that! So for everybody to be on the same track under the banner of my album, it’s like coming home!"
Napalm is in stores now.
Read the full interview at DubCNN.com.