UPDATED 6/39, 10:45 a.m. ET: Xzibit spoke to TMZ Hip Hop about the situation, saying his music was removed from episodes beyond season 1, and his face was removed from DVD boxes after season 1 as well.
Xzibit also said he’s “willing to have a conversation.” Xzibit added that he respects the company, and hopes to do more things with them “in the future.”
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Xzibit wants to get paid what he’s owed.
On Tuesday, the rapper and host publicly alleged that ViacomCBS owes him a substantial amount of money from the success of his hit show Pimp My Ride.
He made the claim after addressing a legal case over a weed brand that he had invested in that has since been resolved.
“While I’m at it, hey @viacom_intl why is it you’ve made millions off the show #PimpMyRide I carried on my back and found ways to cut me out?” he wrote on Instagram underneath what appeared to be legal documents. “Like saying I would get percentages of all merch sold let alone streaming(which wasn’t even in the contract) and putting in the fine print ‘with my name and likeness’ then proceed to take my ‘name and likeness’ off of ALL the merchandise including dvd sales after season 1? To top that you guys went back and EDITED all of my music out of ALL entire seasons in order to avoid paying me for my publishing.”
Xzibit hosted the MTV series from 2004 to 2007. It remained popular throughout its run, but was abruptly canceled in 2007. Xzibit claims that he’s yet to receive the full amount of royalties that he’s entitled to, despite being the face of the reality series.
“Let’s talk about worldwide syndication!!!! Wow. Hey, guys, my number is still the same. Hit me up,” he continued. “Or…… Can anybody hit me with a law firm who isn’t afraid of Viacom to get me right? Robert M. Bakish, President of Paramount Global. … #IveBeenQuietLongEnough #InNeedOfAnswers.”
Viacom has yet to address Xzibit’s allegations.