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Tags: rap hip-hop gangsta rap west coast hip hop Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s
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Alvin Nathaniel Joiner, 18 September 1974, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Joiner spent time in New Mexico and Arizona as a teenager, before relocating to California in the late 80s to try and make his name on the west coast rap scene. After a series of false starts he teamed up with the Likwit crew, making guest appearances on King Tee’s King Tee IV Life and Tha Alkaholiks’ Coast II Coast and going on the road with the latter. A recording contract with Loud Records was not long in following. His 1996 debut At The Speed Of Life featured production by DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill and included the brilliant underground hit ‘Paparazzi’, but failed to make much of a commercial impact. The follow-up’s ‘What U See Is What U Get’ set out Xzibit’s manifesto, with the raw, earnest delivery marking him out as an old school rapper of the highest order. Unfortunately the album sank without a trace as it failed to make an impact with an audience...

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