Xzibit Yo Dawg

Xzibit Yo Dawg

Updated Jul 02, 2013 at 02:22AM EDT by Brad.

Added Jan 01, 2009 at 08:59PM EST by Jamie Dubs.

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Yo Dawg, or Sup Dawg, is an image macro series based on portrait shots of American hip hop artist Alvin Nathaniel Joiner, better known by his stage name Xzibit, and humorous captions that are composed around the recursive phrasal template “Yo Dawg, I herd you like (noun X), so I put an (noun X) in your (noun Y) so you can (verb Z) while you (verb Z).” Since rising to popularity in early 2007, the series has been considered one of the most well-known and longest lasting examples of recursive humor on the Internet.


The original image macro first appeared on 4chan in early 2007 and experienced a resurgence in late 2008 on Reddit, Tumblr, and social networking sites. The Yo Dawg series has a unique characteristic in being recursive. This multi-layered structure in the Yo Dawg formula makes it reminiscient of the “strange loops” described in Douglas Hofstadter’s Gödel, Escher, Bach.

The original photograph of Xzibit comes from a set of studio portraits that were originally used to promote the 2006 sports drama film Gridiron Gang, in which the rapper plays the role of a minor character named Malcolm Moore.

MTV Pimp My Ride

While Xzibit initially began his career in the entertainment industry as a rapper from Los Angeles, his mainstream breakthrough came almost a decade later as the host of the MTV show Pimp My Ride, which ran for six seasons from 2004 to 2007. In the show, Xzibit gained a reputation for adding luxurious amenities and equipments like fish tanks, clothes dryers and fireplaces into the participant’s car, presumably without consent.



Standard: {yo,sup} dawg, I herd you like X, so I put an X in your Y so you can VERB while you VERB
Repetitive: {yo,sup} dawg, I herd you like X, so I put an X in your X so you can X while you X
Abstract: {yo,sup} dawg, I herd you like X, so I put an Y in your Z so you can VERB while you VERB

Xzibit’s Reaction

The explosive popularity of microblogging service Twitter has reached celebrities, Xzibit included. In one of his first tweets he decries his embodiment as a meme ( View Tweet ), which led to the creation of this image macro:

Several days later, he rescinded his criticism, saying “i’m not mad @ you” (View Tweet). In the final stage of celeb-o-meme -- “acceptance” -- Xzibit embraces the yo dawg, attempting to his own: View Tweet

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External References

[1]TV.com – MTV Pimp My Ride Episode 4,

[2]TV.com – MTV Pimp My Ride Episode 5

[3]TV.com – MTV Pimp My Ride Episode 6

[4]Superior Pics – Gridiron Gang Film Promotion

[5]Tumblr – Yo Dawg

[6]Tumblr – YoYoDawgDawg

[7]Tumblr – Yo Dawg Pics

[8]Urban Dictionary – Yo Dawg

[9]Yo Dawg Yo – Yo Dawg / Sup Dawg

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