Birth Date: January 8, 1974 / Age: 40
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Also Credited as: Alvin Joiner
Biography: Xzibit (born January 8, 1974) is an American hip-hop performer and television personality. Xzibit also hosts the MTV television show Pimp My Ride.
Born Alvin Nathaniel Joiner in Detroit, Michigan, he moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, with his family, when he was 10-years old. Around age 13 he started getting in trouble with the local police, and at age 14 was sent to juvenile detention for a short stint. From age 14 to age 17 he was kicked-out of several Albuquerque high schools. At that point he took what little money he had, $2000 (U.S. Dollars), and headed to Los Angeles, California in his purple and black GEO Tracker to pursue his dream.
Xzibit got his start as a member of the Likwit Crew which toured with Tha Alkaholiks in 1995. In 1996 Xzibit made his solo debut with At The Speed Of Life, produced by DJ Muggs (of Cypress Hill) and Diamond D. 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz followed in 1998. One of his big break throughs into the public eye were some high profile guest appearances on Dr. Dre's multi-platinum album "Chronic 2001", on songs like "What's the Difference?" In 2000, Xzibit released Dr. Dre-produced Restless, followed by Man Vs. Machine in 2002. His most recent album is Weapons of Mass Destruction.
West Coast heavyweight Xzibit expanded his following with a series of increasingly superstar-laced albums beginning in the late '90s, ultimately aligning himself with Cali kingpin Dr. Dre at the decade's end.
Years before, Xzibit began as a member of the Likwit Crew, a loose collective of West Coast rappers including tha Alkaholiks and King T. After touring with them in 1995, Loud Records released the feisty young rapper's debut album, At the Speed of Life (1996). The album became an underground hit, and when Xzibit released his follow-up, 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz (1998), he was again heralded one of the West Coast's most promising talents.
Xzibit's big breakthrough came when he joined Snoop Dogg for the Dre-produced coast-to-coast hit "Bitch Please." Next, he appeared on the posse song "Some L.A. Niggaz" from Dre's 2001 (1999) album, yet another high-profile appearance. By this time, Dre had obviously recognized Xzibit's talent and invited the young rapper to crisscross America during summer 2000 with the massive Up in Smoke tour, which featured Snoop, Eminem, and Ice Cube, among many others. That winter, Loud released Xzibit's biggest-budget album yet, the Dre-executive-produced Restless (2000), which boasted the single "X." The song became the rapper's biggest hit yet but didn't top the charts or break him into heavy rotation at either urban radio or MTV.
Two years later, Xzibit returned with another big-budget superstar-laced album, Man vs Machine (2002), and yet again he fell a bit short of mainstream success. Even so, Xzibit remained as hardcore as ever and continued to collaborate with his closest West Coast colleagues, primarily Ras Kass, Saafir, and tha Liks, along with bigger names like Snoop and Eminem. His allegiance to the West Coast and those he came up with continued to win him much respect from his fans, who remained dedicated if not massive in number. Weapons of Mass Destruction followed two years later
In 2004 he loaned his voice to a character in the X-Box game, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay and played himself in Def Jam Fight for New York. This was followed by the role as Duncan in Full Clip and an appearance in XXX: State of the Union in 2005.