When you hear the word rap you might think black, not white. You may think tough, not funny. So when word came down that Jamie Kennedy wanted to put out a rap album, people freaked. The public called him out saying that “He's tryin' to be hard” or “He's not serious enough to make it work.” Well… who the hell said he wanted to be a hardcore rapper?
“I'm a comedian first,” Kennedy explains. “I'm not trying to be like Nas or those other guys, I'm not trying to be like anyone. I get a bad rap on this because I'm white and doing rap. My stuff is the same as Tenacious D, but with beats.”
If you've listened to his tracks you know that's the truth. Kennedy has assembled a team of known and unknown soldiers to bring the beat to his flow. Some names worth noting are Truggles, Decisive and Richard Younglord. One standout favorite to the few guests on the album would have to be Bob Saget. Hearing Danny Tanner get down is a surefire way to make anyone's day.
This leads back to critics tearing this actor apart. How can they trash someone that's trying to be funny … and is? Take any episode of his pseudo-reality show on MTV, “Jamie Kennedy's Blowin' Up” as an example.
“The whole show is about how hard it is for someone like me with this much baggage. All I wanted was a record deal just to put out some funny songs. But I couldn't get one. Other people can do it; it's a lot tougher for me. People don't know what to make of me, the journey is real, the content is humorous.”
The struggle to be who he is seems to have shadowed the album and that's why he went the TV route.
“It's the only way I can show people what's really going on and what I'm trying to do,” he says.
Ironically the only ones in his corner are the real rappers and the publications that follow that genre.
“They [rappers] have given us a lot of love. I'm just doin' my thing. I'm not tryin' to be something I'm not. They know because they are the ones really doin it.”
So what's this struggling rappin' comedian going to do next? Go on tour of course.
“I get to tour the U.S. doing my comedy shows and hit a lot of the colleges, but I want to do it with my rap as well,” he remarks.
Kennedy just recently did a live show at the Roxy and had a blast with it.
“I think I surprised a lot of people, not just because the black guys are into it, but because it's actually good,” he said.
It's pretty funny to see a black and white issue here, but it makes a lot of sense. The black community gets the joke he's putting out there. They know he's not trying to be Jay-Z and they appreciate it for what it brings to the table.
His songs poke fun at everyone, and he even felt obligated to “have beef” so he went after Colin Farrell because “he's good looking and gets hot chicks,” says Kennedy. I can't recall the last time I heard Ice Cube go after someone because they were getting more ass than him.
Bottom line is: go get the album and have some fun with it. If Kennedy comes to your town, check him out live before Colin Farrell gets to him first because you know how those rap beefs always end up.
Jamie Kennedy and Stu Stone's Blowin' Up is currently available. For more information, visit www.jamiekennedyworld.com