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Xzibit Gives Auto Advice to Kids in Santa Monica

The rapper/actor/designer/host teaches basic car maintenance to members of the Boys & Girls Club

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    Xzibit Gives Auto Advice to Kids in Santa Monica
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    In this undated photo released by MTV, rapper Xzibit poses with a custom Cadillac featured on the MTV show "Pimp My Ride.

    Xzibit, whose career has spanned from rap to acting to car guru, is in Santa Monica to show kids how to fix a car.

    The event, dubbed "Ready to Role," is a way to instill confidence in at-risk youth while teaching valuable car maintenance skills, according to organizers.

    Xzibit, along with four or five other experts, are bringing their cars to the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica on Thursday afternoon. They'll pop the hoods and show kids how to check a car's oil and change filters, among other skills, said Jennifer Vides, the Director of Development for SMBGC.

    Update: FRAM Filters, who is sponsoring the event, is posting event photos on Twitter.

    About 75 kids, ages 11 and up, are expected to attend the program, Vides said.

    It's part of the club's larger "Passport to Manhood" series, 14 sessions focusing on different aspects of character and manhood.

    "The 'Passport' program helps teach young men different skills, how to grow up, a rite-of-passage thing," said Vides.

    After a successful multiplatinum music career, Xzibit became the poster child of souped-up cars with MTV's "Pimp My Ride," an automotive makeover series taking run-down vehicles and pimping them out with new paint, tires, rims and other elaborate bells and whistles. After the show's run (2004-2007), the show's legacy found a new audience online as users posted pictures of Xzibit with playful variations of the host's "yo dawg" tagline.

    In addition to acting gigs, Xzibit has parlayed his passion for design into a role on ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."

    Xzibit has been a longtime supporter of Boys & Girls Club, said Vides.