‘Pimp My Ride’ was such a popular show during its original run that it became a long-standing meme. The formulaic approach to the show by it’s charismatic host, Xzibit, made it a fan favorite that endures to this day. The rapper recently went off on the rights holders to the series, accusing them of making big money while shutting him out.

Xzibit made a post on Instagram where he called out Viacom for making millions off of Pimp My Ride while finding numerous ways to cut him off from the money. He said that Viacom told him he would get a percentage of all merchandise sold and that streaming wasn’t even addressed in his contract. It sounds like MTV gave him a raw deal.

The Pimp My Ride host spoke to TMZ about his feelings on the matter. He believes he was slighted by the media giant. Xzibit thinks Viacom should cut him a check.

“I’m willing to have a conversation. I do believe they need to have a conversation, just to make sure that they’re aware that, you know, the people who work for them are putting their businesses in jeopardy by pulling these practices.

I respect the company. I do hope to do more things with them in the future. We’ve had a great relationship in the past. I mean, who knows what the future brings? But, you know, this particular situation was a big one and I believe it was a big part of my life. You know, Pimp My Ride changed my life. It really put me into the stratosphere.”

Xzibit thinks he’s owed big money from Viacom for his work on the show. His music and likeness were removed from several DVD releases, which resulted in a huge loss of revenue. If things can be worked out, he’d think about revisiting the series. For now, he just wants what he believes he is rightfully owed.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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