Kickin' it old-school with ''Blowin' Up'''s Jamie Kennedy
Kickin' it old-school with ''Blowin' Up'''s Jamie Kennedy -- Thought ''Malibu's Most Wanted'' was a joke? Not exactly
Professional prankster Jamie Kennedy nailed the part of a privileged wigga in 2003’s Malibu’s Most Wanted as B-Rad, a senator’s son with bling-bling dreams. But was he actually acting? Kennedy’s latest TV show — MTV’s Blowin’ Up — plays with fact and fiction, following Kennedy and his ”second banana” Stu Stone (a.k.a. Stu the Jew) as they try to make it in the rap game and score a record deal. The ”reality” show ended with the pair signing with Warner Bros., followed by the actual release of a goofy comedy-rap CD called Blowin’ Up on July 11. EW talked to Kennedy about his hip-hop cred, his MySpace page, and the tight bond he has with Bob Saget.
How did the Blowin’ Up album and TV show come about?
It all started because I wanted to do a Hanukkah song, like Adam Sandler did, but a rap version. [Blowin’ Up co-star] Stu Stone is a friend of mine and I asked him to make a song for me, he did, and it was really funny. Then he made another one, then another, and then I thought: We should do an album! We got to a point where we had 11 or 12 songs, but we couldn’t get anywhere. We had meetings with people and they just didn’t know what to make of us. I mean, we had songs about Bob Saget (see the video for ”Rollin’ with Saget” here). The process we went through was so funny and bizarre, I figured we should just make a show about it.
So what did record labels say to you when you came to them with the album?
They were confused. They’d say: ”You’re an actor, and now you wanna rap?” Then I’d say, it’s like a comedy-rap album, not a rap-rap album. But they didn’t like it, because they’d say there’s no white actors going into rap. But that’s not true. Because Brian Austin Green did it!
You got some pretty legit hip-hop acts on the show and on the album, how did you convince them?
The first meeting we took was with Ice-T. He gave us a lot of love, and as they say in the hip-hop community, he blessed us. Once we got him, we reached out to other rappers. We got Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Three 6 Mafia, Snoop, RZA, and Method Man; the whole hip-hop community embraced us.
Anyone turn you down point-blank?
Yes. One guy turned us down: K-Fed.
I’m not even kidding. That’s the truth. We wanted to do a whole thing with him, about how it’s a struggle, and what it’s like to be a rapper in Malibu. I was like, we gotta get down with papa-zao and figure this out! But his people said, Kevin is very serious about music right now and he doesn’t wanna jeopardize that. I think it’s kinda ironic, of all the people who could turn us down, he’s the one.
Lets talk Saget: Did his cameo as a sleazy version of himself on Entourage inspire you to call him for the video?
I’ve actually known Bob for a long time. Bob has a dark side to him, a funny dark side. Obviously, Bob doesn’t sit around his house all day and smoke pot and get hookers. [Laughs] But I do go out with Bob sometimes, and when you go out with Bob you roll hard in the H-deuce. He’s the kind of guy that can keep a bar open until 5 in the morning…
Has that happened when you go out with him?
That’s how Bob does, he goes anywhere and he’s treated like a king… anywhere you go, it’s an instant party.
How did you get George Lucas to appear in the video?
I tell some people that we’re boys and that I know him. Some people I say that I was almost in Star Wars, that it was between me and Ewan McGregor. But the truth is that he was just walking down Hollywood Boulevard on the day I was making my video.
You have a really popular MySpace page. Do you think MySpace is really ”a place for friends”?
It’s business; it’s all business!
I hear that it’s often a place for something else.
[Laughs] Honest to God, I don’t really meet the girls off MySpace. I have this joke about it. MySpace is like the id. It’s like the crazy id of a person. On their MySpace page, they’ll be something totally different than they are in real life. A girl will put up a picture of herself in a thong with electrical tape over her nipples. Then you’ll email her and ask, ”Wanna go have a coffee sometime?” and she’ll get all pissed and offended.
One thing I liked about the show was that it was hard to tell if it was staged or real.
Most people didn’t know what to make of that, but that’s where we liked it. We like to keep it in that gray area. It was real in the sense that the quest to get signed was real. We wanted it to be like Curb Your Enthusiasm for hip-hop. We hope that’s what we did.