Xzibit

Xzibit

Biography

Before becoming one of the West Coast's most illustrious MCs at the end of the 1990s, and later a TV celebrity, Xzibit was a promising underground rapper. Born Alvin Nathaniel Joiner on September 18, 1974, in Detroit, MI, Xzibit began his rap career was part of the Likwit Crew, a loose-knit collective of California rappers including King T, Defari, and Tha Alkaholiks. Early on, he was featured on "Free Style Ghetto," a song on King T's IV Life (1994), and subsequently appeared on "Hit and Run," a song on Tha Alkaholiks' Coast II Coast (1995). Signed to Loud Records, Xzibit released his solo debut album, At the Speed of Life, in 1996. The album boasts a Billboard Hot 100 single, "Paparazzi," and features production work by Thayod Ausar, Craig Sherrad, E-Swift, DJ Muggs, Saafir, and Diamond D.

Xzibit's second album for Loud, 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz (1998), was a bigger success on all counts. Often considered the rapper's best album, 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz spawned a Top 50 single, "What U See Is What U Get," and features extensive production work from Sir Jinx, who had previously worked at length with Ice Cube, among other significant West Coast rappers. Following the acclaim of 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz, Xzibit made several high-profile guest appearances in 1999, most notably alongside Snoop Dogg on his hit "B Please" and on three tracks of Dr. Dre's 2001 album, including alongside Eminem on the hit "What's the Difference"; also that year he was featured on Kurupt's Tha Streetz Iz a Mutha, Prince Paul's A Prince Among Thieves, Sway & King Tech's This or That, and Tash's Rap Life.

Xzibit's third album, Restless (2000), was executive produced by Dr. Dre, who personally produced or co-produced three songs, including the Hot 100 single "X." Restless features an illustrious list of featured guests and producers -- among them Snoop Dogg, Eminem, KRS-One, Nate Dogg, Erick Sermon, DJ Quik, Sir Jinx, Rockwilder, Scott Storch, Rick Rock, Soopafly, and Battlecat -- and marked the zenith of Xzibit's popularity as a rapper, passing the platinum sales mark handily. Man vs Machine (2002) sought to duplicate the success of its predecessor, once again featuring a roll call of well-known talent, including Dr. Dre, DJ Premier, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Nate Dogg, and Anthony Hamilton. However, despite debuting at number three on the Billboard album chart (his first time breaking into the Top Ten), Man vs Machine proved a bust. It spawned no major hits and barely reached gold sales status, let alone platinum.

Weapons of Mass Destruction (2004) also sold disappointingly, and consequently Xzibit began diversifying his portfolio, turning toward acting instead of music. He had previously appeared in the films The Wash (2001) and 8 Mile (2002), along with numerous videos, so it wasn't much of a stretch when he acted in the Hollywood films Full Clip (2004), XXX: State of the Union (2005), and Derailed (2005). Furthermore, in 2004 he began hosting the MTV show Pimp My Ride, which quickly became one of the network's most popular, carrying on for many seasons (with Xzibit) and eventually being spun off internationally (without him). Full Circle (2006) marked Xzibit's return to the music marketplace. No longer signed to a major-label recording contract, Xzibit released the album via Koch Records, and consequently it sold only a fraction of what his previous few albums had, despite some first-rate production and the rapper's newfound status as a TV celebrity. Pimp My Ride was canceled in 2007 and Xzibit focused for a time on his acting career, doing small roles in an X-Files movie, television roles as well as a cameo appearance in the concert film Tha Alkaholiks: Live from Rehab. Financial troubles plagued the actor/rapper in this time, and he dealt with the repercussions of both tax evasion and multiple bankruptcy filings during this phase of his career. In 2012, after a long musical hiatus, he returned with full length album Napalm, assisted by friends like Dr. Dre and Wiz Khalifa on the album's party-friendly hip hop.

Discography

Xzibit - At The Speed Of Life

Xzibit - At The Speed Of Life

Loud Records 1996
Xzibit - 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz

Xzibit - 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz

Loud Records 1998
Xzibit - Restless

Xzibit - Restless

Loud Records 2000
Xzibit - Man Vs Machine

Xzibit - Man Vs Machine

Columbia 2002
Xzibit - Weapons Of Mass Destruction

Xzibit - Weapons Of Mass Destruction

Sony Urban Music, Columbia 2004
Xzibit - Full Circle

Xzibit - Full Circle

Koch Records 2006
Xzibit - Napalm

Xzibit - Napalm

Open Bar Entertainment 2012

Guest Appearances

King Tee - IV Life
  • Free Style Ghetto

King Tee - IV Life

MCA Records 1994
Tha Alkaholiks - Coast II Coast
  • Hit And Run

Tha Alkaholiks - Coast II Coast

RCA 1995
Tha Mexakinz - Tha Mexakinz
  • The Wake Up Show

Tha Mexakinz - Tha Mexakinz

Wild West Records 1996
Tha Alkaholiks - Likwidation
  • Killin' It

Tha Alkaholiks - Likwidation

Loud Records 1997
Ras Kass - Rasassination
  • Wild Pitch

Ras Kass - Rasassination

Priority Records 1998
Defari - Focused Daily
  • Thunder & Lightning

Defari - Focused Daily

Tommy Boy 1998
Prince Paul - A Prince Among Thieves
  • Handle Your Time

Prince Paul - A Prince Among Thieves

Tommy Boy 1998
The Whoridas - High Times
  • Godfathers

The Whoridas - High Times

Delicious Vinyl, TVT Records 1999
Tash - Rap Life
  • True Homies

Tash - Rap Life

Loud Records 1999
Snoop Dogg - No Limit Top Dogg
  • B Please

Snoop Dogg - No Limit Top Dogg

No Limit Records, Priority Records 1999
Kurupt - Tha Streetz Iz A Mutha
  • Loose Cannons

Kurupt - Tha Streetz Iz A Mutha

Antra Records, Artemis Records 1999
Big Hutch aka Cold 187um - Executive Decisions
  • 2 Killas

Big Hutch aka Cold 187um - Executive Decisions

West World Records, Street Solid 1999
Frost - That Was Then, This Is Now Vol. 1
  • Big Business

Frost - That Was Then, This Is Now Vol. 1

Celeb Entertainment Inc. 1999
Dr. Dre - The Chronic 2001
  • What's The Difference

Dr. Dre - The Chronic 2001

Aftermath Entertainment 1999
Saukrates - The Underground Tapes
  • Keep It Movin

Saukrates - The Underground Tapes

Serious Entertainment, Inc. 1999
Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek "Reflection Eternal" - Train Of Thought
  • Down For The Count

Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek "Reflection Eternal" - Train Of Thought

Rawkus 2000
Soul Assasins - Muggs Presents Soul Assassins II
  • You Better Believe It

Soul Assasins - Muggs Presents Soul Assassins II

RuffLife Records 2000
Tha Eastsidaz - Snoop Dogg Presents Tha Eastsidaz
  • Big Bang Theory

Tha Eastsidaz - Snoop Dogg Presents Tha Eastsidaz

TVT Records 2000
Mack 10 - The Paper Route
  • Pop X

Mack 10 - The Paper Route

Hoo Bangin' Records, Priority Records 2000
Erick Onasis - Def Squad Presents Erick Onasis
  • Focus

Erick Onasis - Def Squad Presents Erick Onasis

DreamWorks Records 2000
Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
  • B**** Please II

Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP

Aftermath Entertainment, Interscope Records, Web Entertainment 2000
Somethin' For The People - Issues
  • Last Call

Somethin' For The People - Issues

Warner Bros. Records 2000
DJ Hurricane - Don't Sleep
  • Connect

DJ Hurricane - Don't Sleep

TVT Records 2000
Wyclef Jean - The Ecleftic (2 Sides II A Book)
  • Perfect Gentleman (Remix Radio Edit)

Wyclef Jean - The Ecleftic (2 Sides II A Book)

Columbia 2000
LL Cool J - G.O.A.T. Featuring James T. Smith The Greatest Of All Time
  • U Can't F**K With Me

LL Cool J - G.O.A.T. Featuring James T. Smith The Greatest Of All Time

Def Jam Recordings 2000
Tony Touch - The Piece Maker
  • Likwit Rhyming

Tony Touch - The Piece Maker

Tommy Boy 2000
Spontaneous - Spur Of The Moment Musik
  • Reprezen'n (Remix)

Spontaneous - Spur Of The Moment Musik

Good Vibe Recordings, Atomic Pop 2000
De La Soul - Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump
  • My Writes

De La Soul - Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump

Tommy Boy 2000
Limp Bizkit - Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water
  • Getcha Groove On

Limp Bizkit - Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water

Flip Records, Interscope Records 2000
D.P.G. - Dillinger & Young Gotti
  • We Livin Gangsta Like

D.P.G. - Dillinger & Young Gotti

DPG Recordz 2001
Nate Dogg - Music & Me
  • Keep It G.A.N.G.S.T.A.

Nate Dogg - Music & Me

Elektra 2001
Kurupt - Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey
  • The Hardest Mutha Fuckas

Kurupt - Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey

Artemis Records, Antra Records 2001
Mack 10 - Bang Or Ball
  • Let It Be Known

Mack 10 - Bang Or Ball

Cash Money Records 2001
Soopafly - Dat Whoopty Woop
  • Bacc 2 L.A.

Soopafly - Dat Whoopty Woop

DPG Recordz 2001
Tha Liks - X.O. Experience
  • Bar Code

Tha Liks - X.O. Experience

Loud Records 2001
Tha Dogg Pound - Tha Dogg Pound 2002
  • Living Tha Gangsta Life

Tha Dogg Pound - Tha Dogg Pound 2002

Death Row Records 2001
Fat Joe - Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E.)
  • The Wild Life

Fat Joe - Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E.)

Atlantic 2001
Limp Bizkit - New Old Songs
  • Getcha Groove On – Dirt Road Mix

Limp Bizkit - New Old Songs

Flip Records, Interscope Records 2001
Devin The Dude - Just Tryin' Ta Live
  • Some Of 'Em

Devin The Dude - Just Tryin' Ta Live

Rap-A-Lot Records 2002
Knoc-Turn'al - L.A. Confidential Presents Knoc-Turn'al
  • Str8 Westcoast (Remix)

Knoc-Turn'al - L.A. Confidential Presents Knoc-Turn'al

Elektra 2002
X-ecutioners - Built From Scratch
  • The X (Y'all Know The Name)

X-ecutioners - Built From Scratch

Loud Records 2002
Phil The Agony - Smokefest
  • Primetime

Phil The Agony - Smokefest

Strong Arm Music 2003
DJ Muggs Featuring Chace Infinite - The Last Assassin
  • Ride & Smoke (Derrty Version)

DJ Muggs Featuring Chace Infinite - The Last Assassin

Angeles Records 2004
Knoc-Turn'al - The Way I Am
  • What We Do

Knoc-Turn'al - The Way I Am

Elektra 2004
Raptile - Classic Material
  • Make Y'All Bounce

Raptile - Classic Material

Subword 2004
Ras Kass - Institutionalized
  • Expect Me

Ras Kass - Institutionalized

Re-Up Entertainment 2005
Alice Cooper - Dirty Diamonds
  • Stand (Bonus Track)

Alice Cooper - Dirty Diamonds

New West Records 2005
Strong Arm Steady - The Collectors Edition, Vol. 1
  • What Is It

Strong Arm Steady - The Collectors Edition, Vol. 1

Strong Arm Music 2005
Mitchy Slick - Urban Survival Syndrome
  • Makin' Your Money

Mitchy Slick - Urban Survival Syndrome

Angeles Records 2006
The Game - Doctor's Advocate
  • California Vacation

The Game - Doctor's Advocate

Geffen Records 2006
Sinful (El Pecador) - Behind 16 Bars
  • The Wake Up Show

Sinful (El Pecador) - Behind 16 Bars

Sinful Records 2006
Strong Arm Steady - Deep Hearted
  • U Aint Me

Strong Arm Steady - Deep Hearted

Nature Sounds 2007
DJ Muggs Presents Soul Assassins - Intermission
  • Figure It Out

DJ Muggs Presents Soul Assassins - Intermission

Gold Dust Media 2009
B-Real - Smoke N Mirrors
  • Don't Ya Dare Laugh

B-Real - Smoke N Mirrors

Duck Down 2009
Awol One & Factor - Owl Hours
  • Brains Out

Awol One & Factor - Owl Hours

Fake Four Inc. 2009
Kurupt - Streetlights
  • In Gotti We Trust

Kurupt - Streetlights

Penagon Records 2010
Ras Kass & DJ Rhettmatic - A.D.I.D.A.S. (All Day I Dream About Spittin)
  • Life's A Bitch

Ras Kass & DJ Rhettmatic - A.D.I.D.A.S. (All Day I Dream About Spittin)

Not On Label 2010
Statik Selektah & Termanology - 1982
  • Goin Back

Statik Selektah & Termanology - 1982

ShowOff Records, Brick Records 2010
Bliss N Eso - Running On Air
  • People Up On It

Bliss N Eso - Running On Air

Illusive Sounds 2010
Apathy - Honkey Kong
  • The Recipe

Apathy - Honkey Kong

Dirty Version Records 2011
40 Glocc - Big Bad 4-0: New World Agenda
  • Welcome To California

40 Glocc - Big Bad 4-0: New World Agenda

Zoo Life Entertainment 2012
King T - Still Triflin
  • Pus-Say

King T - Still Triflin

Cycadelic Records, King T Incorporated 2012
Tony Touch - The Piece Maker 3: Return Of The 50 MC's
  • V.I.P.

Tony Touch - The Piece Maker 3: Return Of The 50 MC's

Red River Entertainment 2013
Apollo Brown & Ras Kass - Blasphemy
  • Giraffe Pussy

Apollo Brown & Ras Kass - Blasphemy

Mello Music Group 2014
Within Temptation - Hydra
  • And We Run

Within Temptation - Hydra

Nuclear Blast Entertainment 2014
Scoe - Tha Influence Album
  • Dey Ain't Ready

Scoe - Tha Influence Album

Kalifornia Dreamin 2014
Rick Rock - Rocket The Album
  • The Music

Rick Rock - Rocket The Album

Southwest Federation Records 2015
Mr. Criminal - Evolution Of A G
  • West Love

Mr. Criminal - Evolution Of A G

Hi Power Entertainment 2015
Dr. Dre - Compton
  • Loose Cannons

Dr. Dre - Compton

Aftermath, Interscope Records 2015
eMC - The Tonite Show
  • Numbers

eMC - The Tonite Show

Penalty Entertainment, M3 Macmil Music 2015
Demrick & Cali Cleve - Losing Focus
  • Darkness Falling

Demrick & Cali Cleve - Losing Focus

Battle Axe Records 2015
Trick Trick - Outlaw
  • The Roof Is On Fire

Trick Trick - Outlaw

Time Entertainment, GSM Music Group 2016
ChrisCo & Knox - Skywalkers 3
  • 25 Baggies

ChrisCo & Knox - Skywalkers 3

TaxFree Muzik 2016
Kam - Mutual Respect
  • Nowhere

Kam - Mutual Respect

New Birth Entertainment 2016
Cold187um - The Blackgodfather
  • Renegade

Cold187um - The Blackgodfather

Untouchable Muzick Group, LLC 2016
Ras Kass - Soul On Ice: Revisited
  • The Music Of Business

Ras Kass - Soul On Ice: Revisited

Blackhouse Records 2016
Kokane - Kokane King Of Gfunk
  • Any Body Killa

Kokane - Kokane King Of Gfunk

Bud E Boy Entertainment 2016
KXNG Crooked - Good Vs Evil
  • Dem People

KXNG Crooked - Good Vs Evil

RBC Records 2016
Big Tray Deee - The 3rd Coming
  • Highly Aggressive

Big Tray Deee - The 3rd Coming

Supreme Circle Music Group 2016
Young Sam - Trapfornia 2
  • Im Gucci

Young Sam - Trapfornia 2

Not On Label 2017

Compilations

Various - One Million Strong
  • No Hand Outs

Various - One Million Strong

Mergela Records, Solar 1995
Sway & King Tech - Wake Up Show Freestyles Vol. 2
  • Wake Up Show Anthem #1

Sway & King Tech - Wake Up Show Freestyles Vol. 2

Not On Label 1996
Various - The Lawhouse Experience Vol. 1
  • Arch Angels

Various - The Lawhouse Experience Vol. 1

Street Life Records, Lawhouse Records, Attic 1997
Various - Beats & Lyrics (Industry Hip Hop Compilation: Issue One)
  • Three Emcees

Various - Beats & Lyrics (Industry Hip Hop Compilation: Issue One)

Industry Records 1997
Various - Southern Rollers: Big Gamin'
  • What U See Is What U Get

Various - Southern Rollers: Big Gamin'

Simitar 1999
Various - The World Famous Beat Junkies Volume 3
  • Keep It Movin'

Various - The World Famous Beat Junkies Volume 3

Blackberry Records 1999
Sway & King Tech - This Or That
  • Rework The Angles

Sway & King Tech - This Or That

Interscope Records 1999
Suga Free & Mausberg - The Konnectid Project Vol. 1
  • In My Face

Suga Free & Mausberg - The Konnectid Project Vol. 1

Sheppard Lane Records, Private I Records 2000
Various - S.I. Riders II: Back In Tha Hood
  • Moves You Make

Various - S.I. Riders II: Back In Tha Hood

Azil Entertainment Group 2000
Various - Nuthin' But A Gangsta Party
  • What U See Is What U Get

Various - Nuthin' But A Gangsta Party

Priority Records 2000
Various - Always Bigger And Better Vol. 1
  • Rework The Angles

Various - Always Bigger And Better Vol. 1

ABB Records 2000
Various - 3 Strikes - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • Where Da Paper At

Various - 3 Strikes - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Priority Records 2000
Various - Daz Dillinger Presents Who Ride Wit Us - Tha Compalation Vol. 1
  • Git Cha Walk On

Various - Daz Dillinger Presents Who Ride Wit Us - Tha Compalation Vol. 1

DPG Recordz 2001
Various - Gangsta's Most Wanted: Episode I
  • Three Dollar Bill

Various - Gangsta's Most Wanted: Episode I

Azil Entertainment Group 2001
Various - Training Day - The Soundtrack
  • Bounce, Rock, Golden State

Various - Training Day - The Soundtrack

Priority Records 2001
Various - Daz Dillinger's To Live And Die In CA
  • Make Money

Various - Daz Dillinger's To Live And Die In CA

Hogglife Entertainment 2002
Various - Ras Kass Presents Re-Up
  • Disenchanted Hero

Various - Ras Kass Presents Re-Up

Empire Music Werks 2003
Frost - Greatest Joints Dos
  • Big Business

Frost - Greatest Joints Dos

Thump Records 2003
Sugafree - The Features
  • Sorry I'm Away So Much

Sugafree - The Features

Laneway Records 2004
Fredwreck - Greatest Hits Episode 1
  • Hardest Muthafuckaz

Fredwreck - Greatest Hits Episode 1

DPG Recordz 2005
Snoop Dogg - The Best Of Snoop Dogg
  • Bitch Please

Snoop Dogg - The Best Of Snoop Dogg

Capitol Records, Priority Records 2005
Various - XXX: State Of The Union - Music From The Motion Picture
  • Fight The Power

Various - XXX: State Of The Union - Music From The Motion Picture

Jive 2005
Kurupt - Kurupt's Greatest
  • The Hardest Mutha Fuckas

Kurupt - Kurupt's Greatest

Treacherous Records, Bungalo Records 2005
Various - No Limit Records Greatest Hits
  • Bitch Please

Various - No Limit Records Greatest Hits

No Limit Records, Priority Records 2006
Various - Beatologist Presents X Games
  • Dead All Ready

Various - Beatologist Presents X Games

Beatology Records 2006
Various - N.W.A. And Their Family Tree
  • Bitch Please

Various - N.W.A And Their Family Tree

Priority Records, EMI 2008
Various - Ninja Assassin: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • Legacy

Various - Ninja Assassin: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

New Line Records 2009
Salam Wreck - B-Real TV Greatest Hits Vol. 1
  • Phenom

Salam Wreck - B-Real TV Greatest Hits Vol. 1

Masari Music Entertainment 2010
Apathy - It's The Bootleg, Muthafu@kas! Vol.3: Fire Walk With Me
  • Dancin' On Ya Grave (Remix)

Apathy - It's The Bootleg, Muthafu@kas! Vol.3: Fire Walk With Me

Dirty Version Records 2012
Various - Mo Thugs Presents Real WestCoast OG's
  • Black Rabbit

Various - Mo Thugs Presents Real WestCoast OG's

Mo Thugs Records 2014
Brotha Lynch Hung - Suicide Tour: Ten Years Later
  • By My Side

Brotha Lynch Hung - Suicide Tour: Ten Years Later

Siccmade Muzicc 2014
Tash - Publicity Stunt
  • Gz Iz Gz

Tash - Publicity Stunt

Sterling World Records 2015