Seriously, is there anyone who doesn’t know who Xzibit is? Whether you grew up in Los Angeles and heard of him during his early years or you live in some yurt in the craggy wastelands of Kyrgyzstan and saw him on MTV, Xzibit is universally recognized.
When MTV aired the first episode of “Pimp My Ride” on March 4, 2004, nobody had any idea the show would blow up as it did. Fans appreciated Xzibit’s sense of humor and his positive attitude. Until that point, Xzibit (born Alvin Joiner) only had music exposure. Now his image goes into living rooms everywhere. “There’s people that know Xzibit from ‘Pimp My Ride,’ said Xzibit after freestyling a bit in the basement of his home. “I got grandmas, kids, businessmen saying ‘Pimp my ride, Xzibit!’ They don’t know the part that I’m a musician.”
Pausing, he smiled a bit. “But, it’s a blessing to affect that many people. I think of it as a great thing. I’m okay with it unless people get overbearing with it. Then, you can’t be the same person. To come up to me and be like, ‘Pimp my ride.’”
All of a sudden, going out wasn’t so easy. “The last thing I tried to do was go to Universal [Studios] with my kid and my family. Even with security, it was tough. The cell phone camera paparazzi; they put it in your face and it’s like, damn,” said Xzibit shaking his head.
Despite all this, Xzibit is still grateful. “I never thought that show was going to do that good,” he said. “I was like, ‘This is going to be like an after school special. Maybe if I do this, MTV will play my videos.’” There was no way to tell it was going to be such a phenomenon. “Like I said, it’s a blessing. I’m just very content right now. I’m still hungry to accomplish the goals that I started. I’m thinking everything has come full circle. I’m just ready to go to the next level with it.”