120,Xzibit (Экзибит): рэпер

Xzibit (Экзибит) — это сценический псевдоним талантливого темнокожего американца, известного как рэп исполнитель, и телеведущий. Также он снялся примерно в двух десятках фильмов, и участвовал в других проектах. Полное настоящее имя: Элвин Натаниэль Джойнер. Родился 8 января 1974 года, в Детройте (США).

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Родился 18 сентября 1974 года в Детройте. Когда ему было 9 лет, умерла его мать. Последовал переезд вместе с отцом и мачехой в Нью-Мексико. Читать рэп начал в возрасте 10 лет. Когда ему исполнилось 17, уехал в Калифорнию. Музыкальную карьеру начал в составе Likwit Crew. Дебютный альбом «At the Speed of Life» вышел в 1996 году при помощи Loud Records и рэперов с Западного побережья. Прославился Xzibit благодаря композиции «Bitch Please», спетой совместно с Snoop Dogg.

В 2000 году рэпер записывает альбом Restless. Исполнительным продюсером альбома стал Dr. Dre, а сам альбом стал платиновым. Через два года, снова под наставничеством Dr. Dre, выходит Man vs. Machine, ставший золотым. В 2004 году вышел ещё один золотой альбом Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Xzibit является отцом двух сыновей. 26 мая 2008 года умер его новорождённый сын — Хавьер Кингстон Джойнер. Причиной смерти послужили слабые лёгкие ребёнка.

Xzibit снялся более чем в двадцати фильмах.

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Personal life

Alvin Joiner was born on September 18, 1974 in Detroit, Michigan, and was raised by his mother. Xzibit’s father left the family early, leaving his mother to care for the family, which included four siblings (an older sister and brother, as well as a younger brother and sister). After her death in 1984, Xzibit moved in with his father, who had remarried and relocated to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Xzibit lived in Albuquerque until age 14, and began writing lyrics as a form of entertainment after suffering numerous bouts of minor incarceration. Ultimately, a falling out with his father forced Xzibit to relocate to Los Angeles, where he lived with his sister. Due to the city’s strong presence within hip-hop, Xzibit decided to pursue a music career. He would also reconcile with his father in 1998.

Xzibit is married to a woman named Krista and they have had two children together; Xavier and Gatlyn. Xavier was born prematurely on May 15, 2008, and died eleven days after he was born. Xzibit also has another son, Tremaine, born June 8, 1995, when Xzibit was 20 years old. The song «The Foundation» from Xzibit’s debut studio album At the Speed of Life is dedicated to Tremaine.

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1992–1999: Early career and At the Speed of Life

Xzibit started to rap at the age of 14, shortly after his relocation from Albuquerque to Los Angeles, then under the pseudonym «Exhibit A». He marked his first appearance on a professional record in February 1995 on The Alkaholiks’ Coast II Coast, on the song «Hit and Run» and also appeared on King Tee’s IV Life shortly after, on the track «Free Style Ghetto». After touring with Likwit Crew the same year, Xzibit signed to Loud Records and released his acclaimed debut album, At the Speed of Life in October 1996, which peaked at number 74 on the Billboard Hot 200 and reached 38 on the Canadian Albums Chart. The album produced his first breakthrough single «Paparazzi» which peaked at No. 86 on the Billboard Hot 100 and proved very successful in Germany, where it peaked at number 11 on the German Singles Chart.

After spending the next two years with further building his reputation as a West Coast underground artist and touring with the Likwit Crew, he released his second album, 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz on August 25, 1998 which charted in the U.S. at number 58 and 50 in Canada. Like its predecessor, it was well received by critics and is widely seen as a Classic West Coast Hip-hop record. It spawned four singles, the most successful being «What U See Is What U Get» charting at number 50 in the United States. With his growing following in the West, he caught the eye of rapper and producer Dr. Dre, who secured him high-profile guest spots, such as joining Snoop Dogg on the Dre-produced hit «Bitch Please» of his album No Limit Top Dogg, and appearing on Dr. Dre’s 6x platinum album 2001, on the songs «Lolo», «Some L.A. Niggaz», and «What’s the Difference» with Eminem. He closed the year 1999 with his acting debut, starring in The Breaks.

1999–2003: Rise to prominence and Restless

Xzibit started the year with the release of a compilation album Likwit Rhymes, which featured mostly previously unreleased material from his earlier recordings and a guest spot on Bitch Please II, along with Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Nate Dogg. His breakthrough came with his third studio album Restless, with Dr. Dre as executive producer and guest appearances by Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Eminem, Dr. Dre, DJ Quik and the Alkaholiks, among others, which sold almost 2 million copies and was certified platinum. It spawned three singles, the most successful being «X», which peaked at number 76 in the U.S., 14 in the UK and 4 in Germany. The album climbed to number 12 in America. Dr. Dre invited Xzibit to perform on his American Up in Smoke Tour in mid-2000, which featured Snoop Dogg, Eminem, and Ice Cube, among many others. The same year, he also starred in the direct-to-video crime film Tha Eastsidaz by the group of the same name and was a playable character in the video game Madden NFL 2001. He continued to star in films involving fellow rap artists such as The Wash, co-starring Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, in 2001 and The Slim Shady Show and 8 Mile, co-starring Eminem, in 2001 and 2002, respectively. He released two concert films in 2001, Xzibit: Restless Xposed, centered around the recording of his third studio album and various live-performances and was also seen in Tha Alkaholiks: X.O. The Movie Experience by the rap group of the same name. He also released a compilation album of songs that featured him, entitled You Better Believe It.

In 2002, he guest-starred in the comedy series Cedric the Entertainer Presents as Mack Daddy in the eponymous episode and released his fourth studio album Man vs. Machine with mostly similar guest appearances like its predecessor, which spawned three singles, which all failed to chart in the Hot 100, although «Multiply» reached number 39 in the UK and 33 in Germany. The album itself went gold, although Xzibit was unhappy with the crafting and promotion of his newest product, ending the cooperation with Dr. Dre. The album is his highest charting album to date, reaching number 3 in the U.S. and 8 in Canada. He starred in 8 Mile and The Country Bears the same year. He continued to collaborate with his closest West Coast colleagues, primarily Ras Kass and Saafir, with whom he formed The Golden State Project (originally called Golden State Warriors) rap collective, and Tha Alkaholiks, along with bigger names like Snoop Dogg and Eminem, whom he accompanied on his All Access Europe tour in 2003.

2003–2006: Pimp My Ride and transition into acting

The popular MTV show Pimp My Ride boosted his popularity even further, as it introduced him to a major audience in 2004. The show starred him as the host, who brings an individual’s wrecked car to West Coast Customs, where it undergoes a rejuvenation. He continued hosting the show until its cancellation in 2007, those years can easily be seen as the most successful in his career.

Xzibit live in Berlin, 2007

Musically, he started the year off with the release of his second compilation album Appetite for Destruction featuring 50 Cent on one track, consisting mostly of tracks from his Dre period and songs that didn’t make the cut for his fifth studio album Weapons of Mass Destruction, which was released in December 2004, entering the charts at 43 in the U.S. For this album, he reunited with Columbia Records, after having parted ways with producer and mentor Dr. Dre. The album managed to go gold, but yet again Xzibit was unhappy with the promotion and backing of his label, claiming that they were trying to promote him like Jessica Simpson, leaving the label in anger and going independent. His single «Hey Now (Mean Muggin)» featuring Keri Hilson marked his last chart success on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 93, while the second single «Muthafucka» failed to chart. Aside from his music and Pimp My Ride, he starred in the movie Full Clip, alongside Busta Rhymes, guest-starred in CSI: Miami in the episode The Rap Sheet, released a concert documentary with his new group, eponymously titled Strong Arm Steady and hosted the 2004 MTV Europe Music Awards in Rome. In 2005, he collaborated with shock rock legend Alice Cooper on a track entitled «Stand» from the album Dirty Diamonds. This represented Cooper’s first-ever foray into rap music. This year marks his most busy one, also being featured in three video games, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, where he lent his voice and likeness to the warden Abbott and Def Jam: Fight for NY and NFL Street 2, where he was a playable character.

The following year, he mainly focused on acting, getting roles in the Hollywood blockbusters Derailed opposite Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston in which he played as Dexter, XXX: State of the Union as Zeke that also starred fellow L.A. rapper Ice Cube and Hoodwinked, where he voiced Chief Ted Grizzly opposite Anne Hathaway, Glenn Close, and Patrick Warburton. In 2006, he starred in the drama Gridiron Gang as Malcolm Moore and made two guest-appearances in the animated sitcom The Boondocks. The year also saw the release of his sixth studio album Full Circle released independently on Koch Records. The album charted at position 50 but was a commercial flop, selling merely 120,000 copies in the U.S.. None of the three singles were able to chart, although «Concentrate» climbed at number 68 in Germany. The album featured Kurupt, T-Pain and The Game, whom he assisted on his album Doctor’s Advocate, where he rapped on the track «California Vacation». He also worked on two video games that year, Def Jam Fight for NY: The Takeover and Pimp My Ride. The year 2007 saw him hosting the final season of Pimp My Ride only, although he competed in the Gumball 3000 2007 rally, where he lost his driver’s license, due to a speed limit violation.

2006–2012: Full Circle and hiatus

After the cancellation of Pimp My Ride in 2007, 2008 was the first year where Xzibit did not release an album in his former two-year cycle. Though starring in two movies The X-Files: I Want to Believe as Mosley Drummy and American Violet as Darrell Hughes, this year marked a significant financial downstep for him, earning merely $70,000, opposed by almost $500,000 one year prior. He was also featured on The Alkaholiks Tha Alkaholiks: Live from Rehab concert film that year. In 2009, he played the mob leader Big Fate in the acclaimed The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans and reprised his role as Abbott in the enhanced remake of 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, while Sony released his first greatest hits album, entitled The Greatest Hits. Even though his financial troubles were increased even further, as he had to file for bankruptcy in July 2009 and January 2010, although both attempts were dismissed and his houses and belongings liened.

In 2010, he had a guest-spot in the crime series Detroit 1-8-7, in the episode Royal Bubbles / Needle Drop. He also had the role of the Jabberwock in Malice n Wonderland, a short film based on the novel Alice in Wonderland, included on the re-release of the eponymous Snoop Dogg album, entitled More Malice. After having guest-starred three times in the previous season, he was added to the permanent cast of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, where he is a part of the design team. After a four-year hiatus, he planned to release his seventh studio album MMX in 2010, but due to label issues the album was not released by the end of year. In March 2011, he teamed up with Extreme Music, to release a new compilation of material titled Urban Ammo 2. Xzibit produced, composed and performed all 40 tracks on the compilation album, created primarily for professional music users and music supervisors in need of material for their movie/television productions. Xzibit enlisted veteran director Matt Alonzo to shoot the videos for the two singles, which are titled «Man on the Moon» and «What It Is», both featuring Young De. In April 2011 he teamed up with Fredwreck and Adil Omar for a song on The Mushroom Cloud Effect. He also appeared in the TV movie Weekends at Bellevue as a nurse in late 2011, an unsuccessful pilot that was not picked up in the end.

2012–present: Napalm and Empire

On October 19, 2011 it was announced that the title of the album has been changed to Napalm. On October 9, 2012, Napalm was released and Xzibit made an appearance on the BET Cypher in the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards. On October 29, 2012, Xzibit announced the Collateral Damage tour with the first 16 shows in Canada starting in early November. The tour eventually grew to 18 shows and Xzibit announced this was the first leg on a global tour that would continue into 2013. He starred in the TV movie Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden as a Navy SEAL, depicting the death of Osama bin Laden. He also appeared in 3 episodes of Hawaii Five-0 as Jason «JC» Dekker starting in 2013. On November 8, 2013, Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation revealed the title, artwork and track listing of their upcoming sixth studio album, Hydra. Xzibit features as a guest vocalist on the third track entitled «And We Run». In October 2013 Xzibit released an album with the hip hop group Serial Killers alongside Demrick and B-Real. Xzibit recently appeared on Dr. Dre’s studio album Compton, on the song «Loose Cannons» alongside Cold 187um and Sly Pyper.

During his UK tour, Xzibit spoke with Hip-Hop Kings regarding his upcoming work. He confirmed a brand new album to be released in 2016 with Dr. Dre as a featured producer. Furthermore, Xzibit told the crowd in Manchester that he would be returning next year for the Compton Tour. Xzibit confirmed that Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar were confirmed artists who would be on the Compton Tour.

On February 25, 2016, it was announced that he would be joining the cast of Empire, playing the character of Shyne.

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Rove McManus

In June 2007, Xzibit left the Rove Live studios in Australia before a scheduled appearance. Media outlets reported that it was due to Xzibit not being given stand-alone billing on the program, even though he had not even been booked in advance. According to Xzibit, he walked off the set after taking offense to comments made by a Rove staffer, who after informing Xzibit that his performance time would be shorter than the rapper might have liked, allegedly said: «You know, we came a long way just having you on the program.» Xzibit took this as a racist remark, although the staffer claimed that they were merely referring to his status as a late booking.

Gumball 3000

In the Gumball 3000 2007 rally, Xzibit drove a black Jaguar XJ220. During the first day of the rally, Dutch police seized his driver’s license for doing 160 km/h in a 100 km/h zone. After the penalty, his co-driver, producer Fredwreck Nassar took over the wheel and they were allowed to continue. In an interview with Dutch radio personality Reinout «Q-Bah» van Gendt, Xzibit says that he mistook the kilometers for miles (100 mph = 160 km/h). Ultimately, he never got his license back from the Dutch police and had to apply for a new one in the United States. Xzibit competed again in both the 2013 and 2014 Gumball 3000.

Tax evasion

According to public records, as of late 2010 Xzibit owed more than $900,000 in delinquent federal taxes.

He tried to file for bankruptcy twice, in July 2009 and January 2010, but his bankruptcy filings were dismissed. The problems started after Pimp My Ride was cancelled: in 2007 he earned $497,175; after the cancellation his 2008 income was reported as $67,510.

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Xzibit и «Тачку на прокачку»

Помимо музыкального и кинематографического творчества Экзибит известен также как актер озвучивания (преимущественно компьютерных игр), а также как ведущий известного телевизионного проекта «Тачку на прокачку». В качестве главного действующего персонажа данной передачи канала MTV наш сегодняшний герой работал три года. Кроме того, в качестве ведущего Экзибит появлялся на различных фестивалях и торжественных церемониях (MTV EMA 2004 и др.).

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Studio albums

  • At the Speed of Life (1996)
  • 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz (1998)
  • Restless (2000)
  • Man vs. Machine (2002)
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction (2004)
  • Full Circle (2006)
  • Napalm (2012)
  • King Maker (2019)

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Личная жизнь Xzibit

В разные годы наш сегодняшний герой встречался с различными яркими красавицами из мира шоу-бизнеса. Некоторое время он был помолвлен с английской моделью Эйшией Брайтуэлл (Eishia Brightwell), однако девушка впоследствии оставила его из-за нового романа (с рэпером Ашером). Впоследствии некоторое время Экзибит также встречался с моделью по имени Карин Стефанс, но их отношения также распались.

Кроме того, Xzibit является отцом сына по имени Tremayne. Еще один ребенок известного музыканта умер еще в младенчестве.

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Year Film Role Notes
1999 The Breaks Jamal
2000 Tha Eastsidaz Blue Direct-to-Video
2001 The Wash Wayne
2002 8 Mile Mike
The Country Bears Himself Cameo
2003 Full Clip Duncan
2005 XXX: State of the Union Zeke
Derailed Dexter
Hoodwinked! Ted Grizzly Voice role
2006 Gridiron Gang Malcolm Moore
2008 The X-Files: I Want to Believe FBI Special Agent Mosley Drummy
American Violet Darrell Hughes
2009 The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Big Fate
2010 Malice n Wonderland Jabberwock Short film, included on the re-release More Malice of the eponymous Snoop Dogg album
2011 Weekends at Bellevue Chuck Television film
2012 Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap Himself Documentary
Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden Mule Television film
2017 Sun Dogs Master Sgt. Jenkins
TBA Fencewalker Post-production
Concert films
Year Film Role Notes
2000 The Up in Smoke Tour Himself
2001 Xzibit: Restless XPosed Documentary, also director and producer
Tha Alkaholiks: X.O. The Movie Experience
2003 All Access Europe
2004 Strong Arm Steady Documentary
2008 Tha Alkaholiks: Live from Rehab
Television series
Year Series Role Notes
2001 MTV Cribs Himself Episode: «Xzibit, Boy George, Penny Hardaway, Al Harris»
The Slim Shady Show Knuckels Direct-to-DVD

Voice role
2002 Cedric the Entertainer Presents Mack Daddy Episode: «Mack Daddy»
2004 CSI: Miami Dwayne «10-Large» Jackman Episode: «The Rap Sheet»
2004–07 Pimp My Ride Himself Host

Also producer
2006–07 The Boondocks Voice role

Episode: «The Real» and «The Story of Thugnificent»
2010 Detroit 1-8-7 Russel Pits Episode: «Royal Bubbles / Needle Drop»
2010–12 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Himself Design Team, appeared 3 times as a guest star in the 2009/2010 season
2012 Loiter Squad Himself Episode 2
2013–16 Hawaii Five-0 Jason «JC» Dekker 3 episodes («Ua Nalohi», «Ku Ka Pili Koko», and «Powehiwehi»)
2016–18 Empire Leslie «Shyne» Johnson Recurring (season 2), Main (seasons 3-4)
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Madden NFL 2001 Himself Playable character
2004 The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay Abbott Voice role
Def Jam: Fight for NY Himself Playable character
NFL Street 2 Guide, narrator, and playable character

Released as NFL Street 2 Unleashed for PSP
2006 Pimp My Ride Guide, narrator
Def Jam Fight for NY: The Takeover Playable character
2009 The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena Abbott Voice role

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