5 Reasons - Xzibit
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- 5 June 2007
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1 His real name is Alvin X (or Alvin) follows in fine rap tradition whereby there is an inverse relationship between how gangsta you are and how soft your name is. Others include Tracy Marrow aka Ice T and Suge ‘Marion’ Knight.
2 He has plenty of fine friends While most rappers buddy up only to end up in more stinky beef than a BSE infected abattoir, ol’ Alvin has maintained healthy associations with Eminem, Snoop Dogg and, most importantly, Dr Dre, who has lavished him with some fine production.
3 He out-pimps Tim Westwood Long before Timothy Westwood was sullying our screens with his Hampshire via Harlem malapropisms, Xzibit was charming his way around the states souping up unsuspecting folk’s rides and bringing joy to the gangsterially challenged masses.
4 He keeps it real Xzibit put his onscreen exhortations to ‘rev that bee-yatch up’ into practice by being arrested by Dutch police during a rally earlier this year for doing 160 km/h on a 100 km/h road.
5 He is actually a very good rapper While now better known for his MTV shows, Xzibit is actually a fine rapper, as anyone who has heard early hit ‘Paparazzi’ will know, often outshining his peers on the countless collaborations he features on.
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