Rapper-turned-actor-turned-producer-born Curtis Jackson co-created and co-starred in the long-running cable network drama. Can, which aired over five highly successful seasons between 2014 and 2020 and is in the midst of releasing four Power book spin-off.
And this week Jackson premieres Black mafia family (BMF), a series he developed and executive produced about Demetrius “Big Meech” (Demetrius Flenory Jr., playing his father) and Terry “Southwest T” Flenory (Da’Vinchi), real-life brothers who launched a massive drug trade (and eventual hip-hop promotion) Detroit empire in the late 1980s.
“Being them siblings, it allowed me to focus on the family drama and tell the story of the innocence of how they got caught… at 15, that young age, where you wouldn’t even be technically responsible for your actions at the time. because you’re a minor, ”Jackson tells Yahoo Entertainment during a recent virtual interview (see above). “You will find a way to be sympathetic to the setting when you see the details of it. You see human nature, you see how they make those decisions, how they end up on that path. “
Although Jackson has launched empires on his own at the moment, from his rap label G-Unit to Starz productions and about 50 other business enterprises (and goes back to his early years as a drug dealer), he won’t compare to the infamous BMF.
“I think anyone who’s had encounters with that lifestyle can relate to this entry-level story, the entry-level positioning, but the levels they grew to in that business … passed my advice,” he says. .
BMF It is also notable for marking the acting comeback of Eminem, Friend and musical collaborator of 50 Cent. Save up for some voice work and cameos in movies like Funny people and The interview, Eminem has hardly acted since his acclaimed lead role in the 2002 semi-autobiographical film 8 miles. On BMF, plays “White Boy Rick” in an episode directed by Jackson.
“When he found out I was directing it, he said, ‘Yes, I will,'” says Jackson, who also directed an episode of Can in 2019. “This guy shows up at every stage of my career and in my life, he shows up for me at the point where I just need him to show up … I don’t think it wouldn’t have worked if [he] he did not come and was part of it. But it appeared and has become one of the highlights of me directing for the second time.
“And that’s just my boy. I don’t care what he did … If he hit someone with a bus, I’d say, ‘No, he didn’t … Who saw the bus? Because someone else could have been driving the bus. ‘
Black mafia family is currently broadcasting on Starz.
Watch the trailer:
– Video produced by Anne Lilburn and edited by Valerie Volpacchio