Xzibit (Alvin Nathaniel Joyner) (1974) – rapper, actor, broadcaster.
Alvin was born in Detroit on September 18, 1974. At the age of 9 after the death of his mother, he moved with his father to New Mexico. In 17 years in the biography of Xzibit moved to California.
Activity – Actor, Anchorman, Singer
Date of birth -18 September 1974
Zodiac sign – Virgo
Place of birth – USA, Detroit
Nickname – Xzibit
Full name – Alvin Nathaniel Joiner IV
He began his musical career with the American hip-hop group Likwit Crew. After touring with the band in 1995, Xzibit signed a contract with the label “Loud Records” and in 1996 released the debut album “At the Speed of Life”. In this album, he presented his first hit “Paparazzi”, entered in the hundreds of Billboard Hot.
The next album Xzibit was the album “40 Dayz & 40 Nightz”, released in 1998. In 1999, the rapper along with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre presented the song “Bitch Please”, which became one of the most famous in his career. Also with Eminem he released the song “What’s the Difference”. In 2000, Dr. Dre invited Xzibit to take part in the “Up in Smoke Tour” American hip-hop tour. In the same year, Xzibit released his next album, “Restless,” the executive producer of which was Dr. Dre. This album featured the single “X”, which became the best rapper hit since the song “What U See Is What U Get”.
In 2002, the album “Man vs. Machine ”, and in 2004 -“ Weapons of Mass Destruction ”. The next albums were “Full Circle” in 2006, “MMX” in 2010.
The first appearance in the movie in the biography of Xzibit occurred in 1999 (“White Crow”). He then starred in the films “Tha Eastsidaz”, “The Slim Shady Show”, “The Wash”. One of the most famous films with the participation of Xzibit was the film with Eminem “8 miles” (the film received an Oscar). In 2004, Xzibit appeared in the movie “Full Clip”, in 2005 – in “Derailed”, “XXX: State of the Union”. In 2007, the rapper starred in the film “Gridiron Gang” with actor Duane “The Rock” Johnson. In 2008, Xzibit played the role of an FBI agent in the TV series The X-Files: I Want to Believe. Among the latest films with the actor: “American Violet” (2009), “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” (2009).
Xzibit voiced the characters in the games “The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay” and “The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena”. His songs have appeared in many toys, for example, in Need for Speed: Underground 2, Madden NFL 2001, Juiced, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3.
Xzibit is a TV presenter of the American “Pimping Wheelbarrow” program, broadcast on MTV.
As a teenager, Xzibit had problems with the law. However, the music helped him to change his life, to become a famous rapper and host of the “Wheelbarrow for pumping” program.
Childhood and youth
Xzibit was born on September 18, 1974 in Detroit, USA. Real name – Alvin Nathaniel Joyner IV. He was brought up by a single mother with two brothers and two sisters, but after her death the boy had to move in with his father and his wife.
Xzibit with father
Alvin had a hard time getting along with his new family. To entertain himself, he began writing raps. Arranged competitions with classmates, trying to come up with more rhymes.
Joyner broke the law as a teenager. He was suspended from school and taken into custody. After his release, the young man was determined to change his life. He went to Los Angeles, where he got a job at a car wash and began performing in underground clubs, rap.
The path in music began with collaboration with other performers. Xzibit recorded a duet with King Tee and toured with the Likwit Crew. This helped him to sign a contract with the label Loud Records, which released his debut album At Speed of Life. It peaked at number 74 on the Billboard Hot 200.
After the release of the record, the singer performed a lot on the West Coast of Los Angeles, where he gained particular popularity. He also continued to tour with the Likwit Crew and began preparations for a second release. In August 1998, an album titled 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz appeared.
A highlight in the artist’s biography was his acquaintance with rapper Dr. Dre . He helped record the track Bitch Please in collaboration with Snoop Dogg . The song brought Alvin worldwide popularity. During this period, he began to try himself as an actor, played the role of Jmal in the comedy “White Crow”.
In the following years, Xzibit worked together with Dr. Dre, Eminem and Snoop Dogg. Thanks to new friends, the rapper starred in the films Moika and 8 Mile. He also visited the American Smoke tour.
Xzibit and Eminem
The musician’s discography has been steadily updated every 2 years. Records Restless, Man vs. Machine and Weapons of Mass Destruction. But each subsequent release was less successful. Alvin hoped that a change of producer would fix the situation, but this was a temporary solution.
In 2004, the rapper was called as a TV presenter on MTV. Joyner led the process of improving old cars as part of the Wheelbarrow to Ride Project. The show was broadcast in several countries around the world. The audience remembered the charming presenter, so Xzibit began to be more often invited to television.
He played in the sequel to the action movie “X 3”, the thriller “Treason” and voiced the bear in the cartoon “The True Story of Red Hat.” But despite his success as a screen star, the rapper continued his musical career. The Full Circle album appeared. It received high marks from listeners and critics, but was a commercial failure.
Xzibit in the show “A car for pumping”
After the closure of the program “Wheelbarrow for pumping”, the man continued filming a movie. His filmography was replenished with roles in the projects “The X-Files “, “Bad Lieutenant” and “Scam in Wonderland”, but this did not improve the financial situation of the performer. His property was taken on bail, so only after a break of 6 years was it possible to record the album Napalm.
Xzibit embarked on a concert tour to promote the new release. He participated in the creation of the album of the group Within Temptation and later appeared in the video for the song And We Run. The performer decided to return to cooperation with Dr. Dre and announced the recording of the next album.
In 2016, the actor joined the cast of the series “Empire”, where he appeared for two years.
The musician is married and has two children from different women. In 2008, tragedy struck the Joyner family – his son Javier died of pulmonary failure. Nothing is known about other details of his personal life.
Now he continues to be creative. In 2019, the Broken Ground series was released with the participation of the artist, and the King Maker album is planned to be released in 2020.
The man actively maintains a page on Instagram , where he shares news and photos with fans.
1996 – At the Speed of Life
1998 – 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz
2000 – Restless
2002 – Man vs. Machine
2004 – Weapons of Mass Destruction
2006 – Full Circle
2012 – Napalm
1999 – White Crow
2001 – “Moika”
2002 – 8 Mile
2005 – “Three X’s – 2: The Next Level”
2005 – “The Price of Treason”
2006 – Second Chance
2008 – The X-Files: I Want to Believe
2009 – Bad Lieutenant
2010 – “Scam in Wonderland”
2016-2018 – “Empire”
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