Cash For Clunkers? The Government Should Have Hired Xzibit

The government’s “Cash for Clunkers” program is pretty brilliant, as it not only encourages people to buy cars (thus sending some cash into the anemic automotive industry) but it also forces people to embrace more fuel-efficient cars. The full list of eligible vehicles is online, but the gist is that if you have a car that was made after 1984 and gets less than 18 miles per gallon, you can snag yourself a $4,500 credit — not a small chunk of change by any means.

But with all these people trading up their old cars, does that mean that fewer people are going to go the “Pimp My Ride” route? That will probably make Xzibit pretty sad.

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The rapper spent six seasons taking automotive disasters and tricking them out with monitors, rims, stereos, fish tanks, video games and the occasional novelty horn. Xzibit wasn’t just the host — he was genuinely enthusiastic about car culture and has a pretty impressive collection of his own. He’s still best known as the often-hyperactive host of “Pimp My Ride” (where he justified everything with the phrase “Because I’m X to the Z, Xzibit,” as in “We’re going to turn this disaster into a masterpiece — because I’m X to the Z, Xzibit”), but he’s also an actor who had prominent roles in flicks like “Gridiron Gang” and “The X-Files: I Want to Believe.”

Of course, he was a hip-hop artist first, launching his career in the late ’90s and helping usher in the second wave of post-Death Row California rap. His biggest hits came during the “Pimp My Ride” era, including the clip above for “Mean Muggin (Hey Now).”

So just in case you don’t qualify for the “Cash for Clunkers” program but you still want to fix up that old piece of junk sitting in your garage, just remember: A little hot rod paint goes a long way — because he’s X to the Z, Xzibit.