Xzibit has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with BMG Songs. Today he releases his fifth album, "Weapons of Mass Destruction" (Columbia).

Xzibit has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with BMG Songs.

The West Coast rapper -- host of the popular MTV series "Pimp My Ride" -- today (Dec. 7) releases his fifth album, "Weapons of Mass Destruction" (Columbia).

"I was approached by different publishing companies," Xzibit tells Billboard.biz. "However, [BMG Songs North America president] Scott Francis and [VP of urban A&R] Derrick Thompson stepped up and put a lot of effort behind what they were talking about; they believe in the music. They saw what I want to do beyond this album."

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