Xzibit (born Alvin Nathaniel Joiner, September 18, 1974 is an American rapper, actor, and television host. He is well known as the host of the MTV show “Pimp My Ride,” which brought him mainstream success.
Before hosting the show, he achieved fame in the West Coast hip-hop scene as a rapper, debuting in 1996 with his acclaimed album “At the Speed of Life.” A second LP, “40 Dayz & 40 Nightz,” was issued in 1998 and reached the Top 15 of the Billboard R&B Albums chart.
His 2000 album, “Restless,” with Dr. Dre as executive producer and guest- appearances by Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Eminem, Dr. Dre and the Alkaholiks, among others, sold almost two million copies and was certified platinum. It spawned three singles, the most successful being “X.” The album climbed to #12 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and #1 on the R&B Albums chart.
In 2002 he released his fourth studio album “Man vs. Machine” with similar guest appearances like its predecessor. The album went to #3 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the R&B Albums chart, and was certified gold. Xzibit was unhappy with the crafting and promotion of the album, ending the cooperation with Dr. Dre.
“Weapons of Mass Destruction,” was released in 2004 and reached #43 on the Billboard 200 and #19 on the R&B chart. His single “Hey Now (Mean Muggin)” featuring Keri Hilson marked his last chart success on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #93, while the second single “Muthafucka” failed to chart.
After his 2006 largely unsuccessful sixth studio album “Full Circle,” his rap career was put on hold. He focused on a career as an actor, starring in Hollywood blockbusters such as “8 Mile,” “xXx: State of the Union,” “Hoodwinked,” “Gridiron Gang,” “The X-Files: I Want to Believe” and “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans.”