HIP hop superstar Xzibit will perform at Geelong’s Grazzhopper festival in his only Victorian gig for three years.
Known as Mr X, he is the host of MTV show Pimp My Ride, features in the new movie The X-Files: I Want To Believe and has performed with Eminem and Snoop Dogg.
“This is huge, we’ve been working on a big hip hop act for about six weeks now,” festival organiser Barry Brauer said.
“We didn’t know who we would be able to draw out here.
“Xzibit is a celebrity in his own right.”
Another international act was also likely to be signed by the end of the week, Mr Brauer said.
Budget priced early-bird tickets had been snapped up by eager music fans, he said.
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Xzibit’s website boasts his collaboration with some of the biggest music stars of the decade, including Snoop Dog, Dr Dre, Linkin Park and Eminem.
Born Alvin Joiner in Detroit, Xzibit moved to Los Angeles via New Mexico in his teens, the website stated.
The US hip hop star then took his skills to the silverscreen, appearing in 8 Mile with Eminem, the newly-released X-File’s movie and 2005’s action hit XXX: State of the Union with Ice Cube and Samuel L. Jackson.
“Showcasing a special talent for the theatrical world, MTV approached X in 2003 with an opportunity that would soon open a new chapter in his career,” the website stated.
“The worldwide success of his popular MTV show, Pimp My Ride has elevated Xzibit’s celebrity by showcasing his charm and personality through the hosting stint.”
Pimp My Ride is a global reality show that turns the scrapheap-bound cars of teens into their dream vehicles.
In the weeks after the festival was announced more than 3000 festival hopefuls logged onto the Grazzhopper website and joined the mailing list.
Industry experts predicted the Grazzhopper Festival would become Geelong’s signature music event and become the forerunner of more outdoor concerts at Beckley Park.
The October 4 festival boasts an impressive line up of some of Australia’s hottest acts, including Faker, Grinspoon, Shihad, Horsell Common and Muph and Plutonic and hometown rockers The Galvatrons.