There are only a handpicked select few MC's that catch the legendary Dr. Dre's attention musically, and the West Coast bred MC, "Xzibit" (who was born Alvin Nathaniel Joiner) is part of this elite group. Xzibit was born in Detroit, Michigan on September 18th, 1974 and he would to start fully pursue his musical career when he relocated to California to live with his sister. Xzibit began his career in underground rap and would dominate doing so by linking up with the "Likwit Crew" founded by West Coast Hip-Hop Veteran, "King T" who first signed with the LA hip-hop group, "Tha Alkoholiks" and later would bring on Xzibit as well. From there X would waste no time and would display his dazzling lyrical abilities on King T's song, "Free Style Ghetto" (1994). Xzibit even appeared on a song with Tha Alkaholiks named, "Hit and Run" (1995). By this time, Xzibit had generated enough healthy underground buzz with his refreshing new west coast rapping style to release his 1996 debut album under Loud Records named, "At The Speed Of Life" which featured Xzibit's ferocious and raw lyrics that were best illuminated on the classic West Coast Hip-Hop joint, "Paparazzi". This track would be the albums leading single and would push into Billboards Top 100 list, consequently setting Xzibit up for a successful release for his sophomore effort.
Just two years later Hip-Hop enthusiasts were salivating at the possibility of another Xzibit release and he would deliver appropriately with his second project, "40 Dayz & 40 Nightz". The album housed the hit single, "What You See Is What You Get" which pushed Xzibit's album into Billboard's Top 100 for the second consecutive time. Xzibit's biggest and most successful breakthroughs musically, came through his guest verses. The first of which came on Snoop Dogg's hit song, "Bitch Please" . Xzibit's ferocious lyrics at the very top of the song paired with Snoop's classic laid-back flow sprinkled with Nate Dogg's pitch perfect vocal's would solidify the song as a surefire smash hit. This would spark Dr. Dre's interest and would land Xzibit a spot on Dr.Dre's classic,"Chronic 2001" album on the song with Eminem called, "What's The Difference". Dre would also invite Xzibit to join himself, Snoop Dogg, Eminem & Ice Cube on the infamous Up In Smoke Tour (Xzibit can be seen here performing at the 34:30 mark during of the tour's stops). This would become a turning point for Xzibit in his career as he would travel across country with Hip-Hop greats performing to sold-out arenas in front of thousands of people.
The tour was a huge success for Xzibit and this would prime him to work with Hip-Hop heavyweights on his breakout album, "Restless" (2000) that was executively produced by legendary producers such as Dr. Dre, DJ Battlecat, Dj Quik, Sir Jinx & Erick Sermon. The album moved over 240,000 copies in its first week and to date has been certified a platinum selling album being Xzibit's most successful album to date. The album bolstered the hit single produced by Dr. Dre named, "X" that served as Xzibit's official introduction to the rap game. X even had a great introspective and fan favorite track called,"Been A Long Time" with the late great Nate Dogg on the chorus with the funky masterful production done by DJ Battlecat. The album even had Xzibit showing love to those he originally came up with the song called, "Alcoholic" that featured Tha Alkaholikz.