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In each episode of PIMP MY RIDE, rapper-turned-host Xzibit surprises an owner of an old, beat up car by telling them hes going to "pimp their ride" and transform it into something completely different. Joining Xzibit are the West Coast Customs crew, consisting of founder Ryan, manager Q, accessories man Big Dane, interiors specialist Ish, creator of off-the-wall electrical concepts Mad Mike and wheel and tire expert Alex. Exteriors are painted flashy colors, holes in upholstery are replaced with brand new seat covers, installation of DVD players and video game systems, a goldfish tank, an espresso machine, a ping-pong table, a bamboo floor, and a karaoke machine are only a few of the crazy things that make each car unique. With the crews hard work and creative and original ideas, old, rusty cars are transformed into one-of-a-kind masterpieces. No longer ashamed to drive on the road, the owners drive in style in their uniquely customized rides.
Hosted by rapper Xzibit, Pimp My Ride is not your mother's car improvement program. It's more like a hip-hop Queer Eye for the Straight Guy--with autos and automotive experts--than, say, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Or as the theme song puts it, "So you wanna be a playa / But ya wheels ain't fly / Ya gotta hit us up / To get a pimped out ride." In each installment, Xzibit, aka "X to the Z," hooks up with the crew at L.A.'s West Coast Customs: Ryan (owner), Q (manager), Mad Mike (electronics), Big Dane (accessories), Aren (paint and body), Ish (interiors), and Alex (wheels and tires). The California-based car owners selected as subjects range in age from 18-24 and most are students on a limited budget. All have rides in need of some serious pimping.
Take the ride featured in the first episode: Wyatt's 1988 Daihatsu Hi-Jet. The musician's "micro-van" is held together with duct tape, sheet metal, and calking. Friend Nathan describes it as "a toaster rolling on donuts." You won't recognize it when the West Coast crew gets finished with it. Now it's tricked out with silver flames, big rim tires, video monitors, a wraparound couch, a refrigerator, a DVD changer, an MP3 player, and a boomin' stereo system. It's the same for every ride they pimp: Mary's 1967 Ford Mustang, Jared's 1985 Ford Ranger, Danelle's 1981 Pontiac Trans Am, Neil's 1974 Chevy "Luv" Truck, Krissy's 1969 Volkswagen Baja Bug, etc.
The first season of Pimp My Ride features 15 rides, all transformed from pathetic hunks of junk into slammin' wheels with crazy extras like turntables, ping pong tables, espresso makers, chandeliers, and lava lamps. The show quickly became MTV's most popular next to The Real World and was renewed for several more seasons. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
I'm not even a car guy, but I love this show. Xzibit is a funny, personable host doing terrific good deeds for folks who are driving terrible junkers. Read morePublished 6 months ago by D. R. M.
It All Started here With A Di Hatu Hi Jet! This In Fact Was Hip Hop Ego Wet Dream and Was West Coast Customs Big Break In TV! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Rashaud
My nephew was so pleased....it's hard to impress a 12 year old, but this managed to do it. Thanks for the great quality, and the fast delivery!!Published on December 27, 2011 by Stacy Rinehart
yeah i thought it was pretty good. i only paid like 5 bucks for the entire first season. i use to allways watch it on tv till it got canceled 5 stars!Published on August 30, 2011 by TOKER
This is like Oprah for men. Poor bastards who are days away from an accident have the singer/actor Exhibit show up like like an angel and save your life by turning your main means... Read morePublished on October 18, 2010 by Theodor Black
Xzibit is a gas!!! I love his wit and facial expression...I am a big fan.Published on December 31, 2007 by Steve Gilmore
I think this car customizer show does not only change the appearance of a vehicle, the owner changes lifestyle for the better than its previous behaviour. Read morePublished on July 8, 2007 by Admiral Piett