Xzibit Launches Production/Management Division Of His Open Bar Entertainment

Xzibit Launches Production/Management Division Of His Open Bar Entertainment

Rapper, actor and producer Alvin ‘Xzibit’ Joiner has launched production and management divisions at his music label Open Bar Entertainment and has signed with ICM Partners across the board.

Joining OBE is manager-producer Eric Skinner, who most recently was at Primary Wave Entertainment where he represented Xzibit. Skinner will head up film and television development as well as the company’s new management division with music industry veteran and company COO, Dontay Kidd.

Xzibit Open Bar Entertainment

Skinner, a former agent at ICM Partners, began his career at UTA. He transitioned to management in 2012 when he joined Intellectual Artist Management and segued to Primary Wave Entertainment in 2015, following Primary Wave’s acquisition of IAM. I hear there were conversations about launching Open Bar’s production/management operations as a joint venture with PWE’s backing though they did not result in a deal. The new division is being financed by Xzibit and Skinner who continues to have a working relationship with former PWE managers, co-managing clients together.

Kidd comes from a background in video production and music management, overseeing album releases and world tours with then rapper client, The Game.

Founded in 2001, Open Bar was originally launched as a joint venture imprint with Loud Records to release Xzibit’s projects and sign new talent. Since its inception, OBE has sold over 5 million records worldwide. The company has a slate of music-driven projects across film, television and digital, including a soon-to-be-announced directing vehicle for Xzibit and a reality concept centered around troubled urban youth. In the studio, Xzibit is currently producing records with new label artists James Savage (aka Jayo Felony) and Benz Shelton, with an album of his own also on the way.

“It has been an exceptional journey getting to this point in my career,” Xzibit said. “With all of my experience in music, film and television, partnering with ICM is a key piece to moving forward. OBE is pro-artist, and inspired by the next generation ready to break out in this exciting new landscape.”

As an actor, Xzibit recently wrapped a three-year stint on the popular Fox series Empire and was last seen in the Netflix feature Sun Dogs. His other feature credits include Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant, Sony’s Gridiron Gang and xXx: State of the Union for Columbia.

Xzibit Interviewed by AllHipHop: Talks Empire TV Show, West Coast Hip-Hop & More…

Xzibit Interview @ AllHipHop

AllHipHop chopped it up with the Cali King on his views on Hip-Hop, Hollywood and the great strides he’s made in his career:

Xzibit has seen some of the highest highs Hip-Hop could possibly offer. That notion is quite literal and as well as metaphorical. During his powerful run in rap, Xzibit used to rocked with inebriated icons such as Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem as well as underground legends like Tha Liks and King Tee. But, never mistake his affiliations with a lack of ability to stand alone. Lyrically, X to tha Z came forth with a West Coast perspective that was completely unique, chock full of lyrics and hard raps.

His ability to forge ahead without his old running mates is exemplified with his present status. Unlike the lot of them, Xzibit has transitioned nicely into a thespian that has appeared in “The X-Files,” “Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden” and now “Empire.” His role as “Shyne” is a sinister nemesis to Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) has captivated audiences.

Read the full interview at AllHipHop.com

Xzibit to Dr. Dre Detractors: ‘Do What He Did and Then Talk To Me’

Xzibit has some harsh words for detractors of Dr. Dre. Speaking to Variety at the premiere of the four-part HBO documentary “The Defiant Ones,” which explores the intersecting lives of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, Xzibit took issue with a recent dig by Chance the Rapper — Chicago’s Chance mocked Dre’s label Aftermath by calling it “Can’t Do Math Entertainment” in a graphic displayed as part of his stage show — who later apologized “to Dr. Dre and all of Aftermath for publicly disrespecting their hard work and contributions to music.”

“These people dissing Dr. Dre, they need to get off their cell phones for about a week and come back to reality,” said Xzibit. “They have no idea. Do what he did and then talk to me.”

Although Xzibit wasn’t signed to Aftermath, he was a not-too-distant peer to many on the roster, achieving success in the 90s which peaked with 1998’s “What U See Is What U Get.”

So what does he miss about the decade during which hip-hop exploded? “The diversity,” said the L.A. native. “I miss the willingness to go your own path and be original. A lot of what we see today is regurgitated. People are literally naming themselves after each other — just changing a couple letters. It’s exacerbating. As a creative, you want to see things elevate, not digress.”

Source: http://variety.com/2017/music/news/xzibit-defends-dr-dre-chance-rapper-1202476929/

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