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Interview with Xzibit regarding his upcoming Australian tour

Time To Get Busy, Y’all: Getting up and ready to leave his mark …

He has pimped our rides on MTV, XXX’d us on the big screens and now the megastar that is Xzibit is getting ready to bring his famous brand of Hip Hop to Geelong as one of the international headlining acts for the Grazzhopper Festival.

Xzibit is easily one of the biggest names of this century, and although he is equally as famous for his TV and film exploits, it’s his popular rap music including tracks like ‘Multiply’ and ‘X’ that catapulted him into total stardom. His impressive catalogue, along with his renowned live shows that have taken him all over the world, are now set to draw masses of hip hop fans and music lovers in general to Beckley Park on October 4.

In preparation for the festival I had the unique chance to talk to Xzibit about his impressions of Australia, what audiences can expect at the festival and what the future holds for this remarkable performer.

With various promotional and concert tours Xzibit has been to Australia a number of times before but for those people who are curious as to how Xzibit got involved with Grazzhopper according to the man himself it was as simple as: “They called me, they booked it.”

In regards to previous trips to Australia Xzibit was somewhat reluctant to discuss incidents like: “Almost drowning and then having my run in on the Rove show…” he was, however, happy to alter the subject to kangaroo pizza. “We can talk about the kangaroo pizza though. I had some kangaroo pizza one of the first times I went out there, right before I went on the boat. It was weird it tasted kind of rubbery like deer meat. Its one of those things you just have to try like alligator, I was just in New Orleans so I had alligator – that was like chicken,” he said.

Similar to the kangaroo pizza this visit to Australia will provide Xzibit with another first. “It will be my first time in Geelong. Except I was calling it Gheelong. The rest of my touring staff will be like Gheelong,” he said extremely amused.

For fans Xzibit’s performance at Grazzhopper will be the ultimate experience but as Xzibit explains it’s not just a show for rap fans. “Its hip hop but we’ve been able to tour with Lincoln Park and on the Anger Management tours, we’ve been able to fit along live bands for a long time so at ‘The Gheelong’ it’s not going to be a stretch for us. I think what makes us similar is the energy that we put out on stage I mean it’s a total different genre of music but what we do up there is similar to the way rock feels. I know that’s been my forte for live performances for the longest. So it should be a slam-dunk for us.”

Xzibit also has some reasonable expectations of the audience. “I like when the crowd is energetic. I like it when they are ready to see a show. I like when the crowd is receptive. You know sometimes you’ve got to win a crowd over and sometimes you can bowl them over! I don’t go out there asking for no hand out but I like a crowd that likes to get busy. You know what I’m saying? I like to get up and I like to really get some energy going.”

Despite all the fame and fortune and his approachable public persona Xzibit is wary of being caught up in the hype that surrounds him. “I don’t really consider what I do as a job as really defining who I am as a person. My character of who I am as a man has been developed well before Xzibit ever existed. So I think what my struggle for the longest time was actually thinking that people accepted me because of my job. But that’s not it. I can be very comfortable being me but what I do as a musician is just that. It’s a fine line you’ve got to walk. You know some people believe their own images and that ain’t it. I’m a well traveled, seasoned veteran in this, so me knowing who I am was half the battle.”

Xzibit is also cautious of becoming complacent and taking advantage of his position. “I don’t trip off stuff like that, I like to be challenged. I still feel like I haven’t recorded my best record, that I still haven’t made my mark. I’ve done a lot but I still feel like what I know or what I’ve been through – you guys don’t get it yet. You know what I’m saying, like I really need to explain myself with just a little bit more detail. We’ve had a lot fun and we are going to continue to do that but I need to lay it out a little bit differently for y’all. But that’s just me. I think that’s the next level of pushing yourself not just accepting what everybody else accepts – that’s what separates the average from the great.”

Although he is internationally known for his talents as a performer when asked which of his careers satisfies him the most his answer was simple. “I’m a father first. There’s got to be family. Without family you have no foundation. After that I’m a musician because that’s the best way I can communicate with people. I know that well, I can do that in my sleep. And then after that it’s basically film and TV and entrepreneurial opportunities. I’m a Virgo so my organization of my life is off the charts, when it needs to be (laughs). For me that’s another expression of who I am and what I need to do. If the right opportunity presents itself than you never know what I’m capable of until I try it,” he said.

“Eventually there is nothing sexy about a fifty year old rapper- I just ain’t seen it yet!! So eventually that hat is going to have to come off. But it doesn’t mean I’m just going to have to be done with that part of my life. One thing comes off and another thing comes on, you know? But who knows, right? My heart’s got to put me in the right direction.”

Before Xzibit potentially becomes that first un-sexy fifty year old rapper be sure to check him out in all his buff, toned and very sexy glory this October at the Grazzhopper festival.

Xzibit (US) plays an exclusive show at the Grazzhopper Festival at Beckley Park, Geelong on Saturday October 4.

Source: Brigitte Stone – http://www.beat.com.au

Xzibit shows announced in Geelong and Sydney, Australia!

Xzibit will be jet setting back out to Australia in early October! See below for the two events X has planned:

Geelong’s Grazzhopper festival
Beckley Park
Geelong VIC Australia
Saturday 4 Oct 2008
Tickets: http://www.grazzhopperfestival.com

Saturday October 4 is festival day, and it is a riot of activity at Grazzhopper HQ in the leadup. Everyone is working round the clock to make Grazzhopper 08 a killer event.
Xzibit is the headline act and he wont disappoint!
THE BIGGEST EVER MUSICAL EVENT TO HAPPEN IN THE GEELONG REGION, GRAZZHOPPER FESTIVAL IS A MUST SEE FOR LOVERS OF ROCK, HIP HOP & DANCE MUSIC.
A LICENSED, ALL-AGES ALL-DAY AFFAIR, HELD OVER THREE STAGES, INCLUDING AN ENORMOUS BIG TOP MARQUEE, THE FESTIVAL IS GOING TO BE MASSIVE. FIRST ROUND TICKETS HAVE SOLD OUT, SECOND ROUND TICKETS HAVE SOLD OUT – BUT THERE ARE STILL SOME THIRD ROUND TICKETS LEFT IF YOU’RE QUICK.

Some of the other acts performing on the day include: THE RAPTURE ‘Throne of Blood’ DJ SET USA (only Vic Show) * GRINSPOON * FAKER * SHIHAD * OPERATOR PLEASE * THE GALVATRONS * MAMMAL * DUKES OF WINDSOR * BLUEJUICE * VANDALISM * TRIAL KENNEDY * YOUNG & RESTLESS * MUPH & PLUTONIC

 

Xzibit

The Forum, Sydney
The Entertainment Quarter (directly opposite the Hordern pavillion)
Moore Park NSW Australia
Sunday 5 Oct 2008 7:00 PM
Tickets: http://www.moshtix.com.au

On Air Entertainment is pleased to announce the return of hip hop superstar Xzibit to Sydney in early October 2008. After headlining the Grasshopper festival in Geelong, Xzibit will perform 1 exclusive show at the Forum in Sydney on October 5th before returning to the states. Xzibit will take the stage in Sydney for an exclusive Australian performance and the intimate setting of the Forum is sure to make this show one not to be missed.

Tickets on sale now through Moshtix – http://www.moshtix.com.au

For more information go to: https://www.xzibitcentral.com/tourdates.php

As I am based in Australia, I hope to be able to get in touch with Xzibit while he is out here to see what he has planned for the near future. Keep an eye on XzibitCentral.com for more first hand information!

Enjoy,

Justin – XzibitCentral.com Founder – https://www.xzibitcentral.com

Source: XzibitCentral.com Exclusive!

New Xzibit Blog: DR DRE AND THE LOSS OF ANDRE YOUNG JR………

I cant even begin to express my sadness for my dear friend at this time. Dr DRE has been a mentor a friend and a real guild thru some of the best and worst times in my carrier. When I lost my son Xavier in may it was a horrible experience for my family and I, and to have this happen to someone in the circle as well brings back all of those feelings right back. My son was alive for almost 2 weeks and passed, It hurt like hell, Andre Young Jr. was 20 years old, so Doc got to see him mature to a young man. Its not natural for a parent to bury a child at any point in time of your life, trust me. My prayers go out to the Young Family and I would like to ask all of you to do the same. Ladies and gentlemen life is extremly short, dont take a day you are alive for granted, if you have kids, love em, hug them and tell them! You never know when its going to be the last time you get to say it to them. My heart goes out to my big homie DR DRE!

Alvin”XZIBIT”Joiner

ps. If you have a way to go to the aftermath web site go visit and leave any thoughts for DRE and his family. thanks.

New Xzibit Blog: LET THAT BE A LESSON TO US ALL……

I read what happend in ” The D” (DETROIT< for those not in the know) to this guy 'YUNG BERG'. I just was wondering if he had ever BEEN to detroit BEFORE he said what he said. I moved to california when I was 17 by myself, before that I used to live in Albuquerque NM, but before that...I was born in Detroit. I was 9 and figured out that you could be killed very quickly in Detroit. There was lots of "hood justice" on my block. People rarely called the police. So then I got to thinking who is "YUNG BERG"? I am not trying to diss the kid any more than he has done to himself, but I havent heard his music. I have only heard this story about him not liking "dark butts" ( whatever that means) and now this.
Then he spit on one of the real ones from the city, (TRICK TRICK) which really was the icing on the ass whooping in my book. It just got me to thinking. In the days of 2008 we see so many artist taking big ass “L’s” (losses) artist being beatin in public, artist going to jail, from everything to murder and rape, to artist being broke, robbed, strung out or just flat out falling off. and we all just sit around waiting for the bad news to RUSH to us thru the net or the text or just that gossip girl who knows EVERYTHING about NOTHING>THIS IS CONSIDERED BEING A FAN OF THE MUSIC??? Talent is out the window, it seems like people love train wrecks and lots of em. Maybe im getttin old, but that shit is not entertaining to me. Where do you get your fix of hip hop without the “JERRY SPRINGER” feeling attached to it? It feels like HIP HOP is now the new WWE, think about it……everybodys mad, on steroids, threatining to kick each others asses… ALL THE TIME! lots of money, its on tv, fuck him, fuck her, fuck this, fuck that etc. etc. but whos really going hard at the art form? Now dont get me wrong…SOME PEOPLE JUST DESERVE THAT SWIFT KICK IN THE TEETH, to get your point across, Trust me I KNOW. But LORD JAMAL from BRAND NUBIAN was just out here for the x games and he came to my crib to hang out, we talked about music of course and he agreed that the challenges we face in music today stem from all the bullshit ASSOCIATED with being a artist, fitting the “image”. which really sucks. I am guilty of watching TMZ and all that other shit as well, I cant front, my whole family checks it out from time to time. but to me its sad more than anything. Here is the flip side to it, from where I come from people didnt have college to look forward to and a very select few get to go to the NBA or NFL. So what we HAD was music, especially HIP HOP it was one of the only outlets that could be reached with your MIND and your DRIVE. IF we turn allow HIP HOP to be turned into a 3 ring circus, dont be mad when all you have the option to be later on……….is a CLOWN! , BE YOU, STAY FOCUSED.

your friend
Alvin”XZIBIT” Joiner

New Xzibit Blog: R.I.P BERNI MAC!!!!!!!!

Wow, One of the GREAT ONES left us yesterday ladies and gentelmen. Berni Mac was a genius and a huge comideian and and actor! I have the upmost repect for how we came up and how he conducted himself in life. The classic rags to riches story if you really go do your research. I didnt know the man personally, but yet and still……I feel the loss. Just payin my respects folks.

STAY FOCUSED!

Alvin “Xzibit” Joiner

SONG FOR THE DAY: “The Living Years” MIKE & THE MECHANICS

Source: XzibitCentral.com Exclusive!