Sept.18th - Xzibit was born Alvin Nathaniel Joiner IV in Detroit , Michigan , on this day in 1974.
After relocating to Los Angeles as a teen , Xzibit finally made his debut on wax with west-coast rap legends Tha Alkoholics , guesting on the track “Hit And Run” from their 1995 album “Coast II Coast”. Shortly after , Xzibit appeared on the track “Free Style Ghetto” off of King Tee’s album “IV Life”.
During this time , Xzibit signed with Loud Records and released his critically-acclaimed debut album “At The Speed Of Life” , which featured the classic hit-singles “Paparazzi” and “The Foundation”.
After continuing to build his reputation touring alongside The Likwit Crew , Xzibit released his classic sophomore joint “40 Dayz & 40 Nightz” in 1998. The album spawned several hits including ; “What U See Is What U Get”.
By now Xzibit had caught the eye of legendary producer Dr. Dre who paired him with Snoop Dogg on the hit-single “B- Please” from the latter’s 1999 album “No Limit Top Dogg”. Xzibit would next appear on Dr. Dre’s multi-platinum “The Chronic 2001” , released the same year. Xzibit appeared on several tracks on the album including “What’s The Difference” , a smash-hit with Eminem.
Xzibit would release 4 more albums to date , most notably 2000’s hugely successful “Restless”. ”Restless” , considered a west-coast rap classic , featured production by Dr. Dre , DJ Quik , Erick Sermon , Sir Jinx , Eminem , Rockwilder , Soopafly , Rick Rock , Battlecat and Mel-Man. The album featured several hits-singles including ; “X”.
However in 2004 , Xzibit would achieve his biggest fame with the hugely popular MTV show “Pimp My Ride” , which ran for 5 seasons. Xzibit hosted the automobile restoration program which saw young car owners have their less than stellar vehicles souped up and repaired beyond recognition by West Coast Customs and later Galpin Auto Sports. The show was extremely popular and afforded Xzibit international fame and popularity.
Xzibit however was no stranger to the camera. He made his celluloid debut in 1999 in the film “The Breaks”. Xzibit would go on to co-star in several films like “The Wash” , “Derailed” , “Full Clip , “xXx”: State Of The Union and the Eminem biopic “8 Mile” , just to name a few.
Xzibit has also appeared on several televsison programs including “C.S.I. :Miami , “Extreme Makeover” : Home Edition and “The Boondocks”.
Xzibit also had a guest slot on the legendary 2000 “Up In Smoke Tour” as an opening act for Dr. Dre , Snoop Dogg , Eminem , Ice Cube , W.C. , Kurupt , Warren G. and the late Nate Dogg.