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Published on July 28th, 2011 | by Denny Armatrading




Tuesday 26th July – Xzibit is a name familiar to millions across the world. It belongs to a man as comfortable inside a recording studio booth as he is behind a television camera. In his own words, Xzibit is simply “a self made man from poverty.” A platinum recording artist first and foremost, X to the Z is also a superstar with a formidable fanbase that spans the entire globe.

X first came to the attention of attentive Hip-Hop listeners as a member of the revered rap collective, The Likwit Crew. Founder and West Coast Hip-Hop veteran King Tee enlisted raucous group Tha Alkaholiks and newcomer Xzibit into the clique as original Likwit representatives. From there, the ferocious X unleashed his 1996 debut, At The Speed Of Life. Considered by many to be an underground rap classic, it spawned a definitive West Coast Hip-Hop classic, the cautionary “Paparazzi.” “That song still elicits a crazy reception from my fans,” says its creator. “It first blew up overseas, but ended up traveling everywhere. It’s a timeless record.”

With enlightened Hip-Hop listeners swarming to offer their approval, he swiftly followed this release with another Hip-Hop staple. His sophomore release, 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz was lauded by critics and fans alike, and its lead single “What U See Is What U Get” spent an astonishing six weeks atop the charts on BET’s Rap City.
X’s mainstream breakthrough came courtesy of appearing on Snoop Dogg’s atmospheric “B Please”. With an integral assist from X, the single became one of Snoop’s most successful in years. The X-Man’s turn clearly impressed the track’s producer, Dr. Dre; who offered X a spot on his epic Up In Smoke Tour. Joining a bill that included Dre and Snoop, Ice Cube, Eminem. X was introduced to thousands of thrilled concertgoers night after night. “That tour was a turning point in my career,” acknowledges X. “I was rocking capacity crowds in arenas across the country, and everyone was feeling what I brought to the table.”

With his vibrant personality showcased expertly through his music, Hollywood inevitably began to show interest in the ascending MC. “I was open to the offers,” explains X, “Because they allowed people to see the other sides of me. My raps will tear your head off, but I’m not always the aggressive dude from music videos.” His stint as the host of MTV’s overwhelmingly successful Pimp My Ride led to X accepting an invitation to host the networks prestigious European Music Awards. It also prompted numerous notable film roles.

Xzibit tours UK

A household name that will continue to dazzle on the big and small screen, X never forgot his Hip-Hop roots. He will continue to warrant the respect of all those within earshot, and as a lyricist is intent on proving his skilled penmanship at any given opportunity. “I still love it as much as I did when I first burst through the door,” confirms X, “And I’m going to keep spitting like I’m that unsigned kid desperate to showcase himself.” This inspiring grind, boundless enthusiasm, and enviable talent means that Xzibit will remain familiar to millions for as long as he desires



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is a massive music fan and has been writing professionally about it since 2009. Graduating from University in Digital Arts & Design for Interactive Media, Denny has years of experience working online in various areas. Music is his passion and his work.


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