The rapper-turned-actor-turned-producer born Curtis Jackson co-created and co-starred within the cable community’s long-running drama Energy, which aired for 5 extremely profitable seasons from 2014-2020 and is within the midst of launching 4 totally different Energy Guide spinoffs.
And this week Jackson premieres Black Mafia Family (BMF), a sequence he developed and govt produced about Demetrius “Big Meech” (Demetrius Flenory Jr., taking part in his father) and Terry “Southwest T” Flenory (Da’Vinchi), real-life brothers who launched a large drug-trafficking (and eventual hip-hop selling) empire out of Detroit within the late-Eighties.
“Them being brothers, it allowed me to focus on the family drama and to tell the story of the innocence of how they got caught… at 15, that young age, where you wouldn’t even technically be responsible for your actions at that point because you’re a minor,” Jackson tells Yahoo Leisure throughout a latest digital interview (watch above). “You’ll find a way to be sympathetic to the scenario 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 personal at this level, from his G-Unit rap label to Starz productions to about 50 other business ventures (and courting again to his formative years as a drug vendor), he received’t evaluate himself to the notorious BMF.
“I think anyone who was had encounters with that lifestyle can identify with this entry level story, entry level positioning, but the levels that they grew to in that business… they went past my board,” he says.
BMF can be notable for marking the appearing return of Eminem, 50 Cent’s longtime buddy and musical collaborator. Save for some voice work and cameos in movies like Humorous Individuals and The Interview, Eminem has barely acted since his acclaimed lead position within the semi-autobiographical 2002 movie 8 Mile. In BMF, he performs “White Boy Rick” in an episode Jackson directs.
“When he heard I was directing it, he was like, ‘Yeah, I’ll do it,’” says Jackson, who additionally directed an episode of Energy in 2019. “This guy shows up at every stage of my career and in my life, shows up for me at the point that I just need him to show up… I don’t think it would have not worked if [he] didn’t come and be a part of it. But he showed up and it’s become one of the biggest highlights of me directing for the second time.
“And that’s just my guy. I don’t care what he did… If he hit somebody with a bus, I would be saying, ‘No, he didn’t do it… Who saw the bus? Because someone else could have been driving the bus.’”
Black Mafia Household is at the moment streaming on Starz.
Watch the trailer:
— Video produced by Anne Lilburn and edited by Valerie Volpacchio