On the tenth episode of Crook’s Corner KXNG Crooked sits down with Xzibit and talks about how his MTV “Pimp My Ride” show started and having to find other business opportunities when his music career wasn’t his primary focus anymore:
A birthday gift for the books.
After Xzibit dropped off his debut album At the Speed of Life in October of 1996, it only secured his place in the industry as a budding rapper from Detroit who made the move to Los Angeles to add to in the influx of west coast sounds. A major moment in Xzibit’s career was when Dr. Dre heard of his sounds and gave him a featured spot on “Bitch Please” featuring Nate Dogg and Snoop Dogg. The collaboration was a memorable one for Xzibit and it’s for that reason why his firstborn son gifted him with a Platinum plaque of the song for his 45th birthday.
Xzibit (born Alvin Joiner) shared a post to Instagram that sees the Snoop Dog approved framed plaque (RIP Nate Dogg) that celebrates the song’s success that sat on Snoop’s fourth album, No Limit Top Dog.
“Yo! I damn near cried when my son gave me this for my birthday. Man, this means so much to me. Thank you @snoopdogg for approving this in time for my birthday, class act bro. Thank you,” Xzibit captioned a video of his present. “We made #BitchPlease not knowing it would become a single and then launch me into my first platinum performance. Nate Dogg killed this record. ……..we all know it ain’t a single till @natedoggmusic on it…..that’s the glue to all of the music we did back then.”
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Yo! I damn near cried when my son gave me this for my birthday. Man, this means so much to me. Thank you @snoopdogg for approving this in time for my birthday, class act bro. Thank you. We made #BitchPlease not knowing it would become a single and then launch me into my first platinum performance. Nate Dogg killed this record. ……..we all know it ain’t a single till @natedoggmusic on it…..that’s the glue to all of the music we did back then. Rest in Power brother the coast ain’t the same without you. Wow, I’m blown away. I tell you what. I’m inspired. What a beautiful birthday. @drdre @masterp @snoopdogg @trecapdlx @openbarent @taydoevision @napalmcannabisco @jewelboxplatinum @greenwooddistro @doublebarrelofficial
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Xzibit looks back on his career.
Xzibit might not be as prominent in the game as he once was but you can’t deny the strides he made in his career. Pimp My Ride is probably one of his most notable endeavors to this day but at one point in time, he stood alongside hip-hop’s giants during one of the most legendary show’s in the genre’s history. He recently chopped it up with KXNG CROOK where he reflected on the “Up In Smoke” tour.
If you ask Xzibit what one of the highlights of his career is, he’ll tell you it was the night he performed alongside Dr. Dre, Eminem, and Snoop Dogg on one of the biggest hip-hop tours in the 90s. The rapper explained to Crook on HipHopDX’s Crook’s Corner that sharing the stage with these iconic artists will forever be considered as a peak in his career.
“It was the highlight of my career still to this day. I’ve had some real peaks and that was definitely the highest,” he said before explaining that the moment was a “breakthrough” of sorts. “It wasn’t real until we rolled out on that stage. I went out there and I could look at the crowd and I had Dr. Dre right here, I had Eminem right here and Snoop Dogg — we had just got off the low rider bikes doing ‘Bitch Please.'”
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Xzibit’s “Restless” turns 18.
“I can drink a whole Henessey fifth,” raps Xzibit, on his classic banger “Get Your Walk On.” “Some call that a problem but I call it a gift.” That track is but one of many hits from X’s Restless album, joining the likes of “Front 2 Back,” the Dr. Dreassisted “U Know,” “X,” “Best Of Things,” and the excellent Eminem collaboration “Don’t Approach Me.” When that album first dropped on December 12th, 2000, many were only starting to get to know Xzibit. That’s not to say the rapper wasn’t already making moves, having dropped off two underground bangers in At The Speed Of Life and 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz. Yet there was something about Restless that spoke to a generation, and helped solidify Xzibit as one of the era’s prominent voices.
Today marks the project’s 18th anniversary, and Xzibit took to Instagram to celebrate the album’s legacy with a heartfelt message:
Congratulations X! Restless was a classic, and deserves to be celebrated accordingly. If you’re looking to relive some of the era’s finest music, be sure to check out the project in full. With a truly stacked guest pool of Dr. Dre, Nate Dogg, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, DJ Quik, Tha Alkoholics, KRS One, and more, Restless epitomizes the post-Up-In-Smoke era, a true testament to The Platinum Era. For more from X, be sure to check out our interview right here.