By: Shirley Ju (@shirju)
Actor by day, rapper by night, and social media comedian all around the clock, Page Kennedy can do it all.
Hailing from Detroit but now based in Los Angeles, the "Torn Pages" MC proudly displays his deep love for hip-hop through his lyrics and his sound.
Releasing Same Page, Different Story to coincide with his most recent big-screen role in "The Meg," Page Kennedy, real name Felton Eugene Kennedy II pulls from real-life experiences and creates art from his perspective.
AllHipHop caught up with Page to discuss his cuts off the new album, fatherhood, and how he adapts to the music industry today.
AllHipHop: Can you talk about your record “Ima Cheat”?
Page Kennedy: “Ima Cheat” came from another one of my humorous sides. That record is actually near and dear to my heart, just because that’s how I felt about a situation in my past relationship.
Instead of being mean about it, let me make a song about it in a humorous way. I kind of just put that song on the album as an interlude, like a funny little thing. I remember Ma$e had a song called “Jealous Guys” on Harlem World.
They were just singing all terribly, but they were just having fun. I was like, “I wanna have one of those joints on my album.”
AllHipHop: I was watching your “The Shoot” music video. Can you talk about using your platform for a purpose?
Page Kennedy: Because I’m not very much of a political person or an overly
socially-conscious rapper, I felt like it was important for me to speak on it during that time when so many African-Americans were losing their lives at the hands of law enforcement.
Because I have a young teenage boy that’s out in the world and that it could happen to, and that he needed to be aware.
Especially in what we do, because we be shooting videos and sometimes stuff like that happens. “The Shoot” was based off a true story that didn’t end up being the same way, but it could have been.
AllHipHop: What is it you want fans to get from your story?
Page Kennedy: I just want them to identify with me. I want them to acknowledge my skill set. I want them to appreciate and respect my hip-hop acumen and what I bring to the table. Talent wise, I want to be the greatest rapper/actor ever.
AllHipHop: What are some barriers in the music industry?
Page Kennedy: I think barriers that I face is the fact that I’m not 20-years-old anymore.
I don’t have a huge female fanbase because I don’t really make music that is geared towards that, or do I make music that is geared towards the young hip-hop culture now, as far as dancing and turn up, lit music. ‘Cause I’m not in that space no more.
I’m older, so I am in a completely different space than that. I don’t make music like that because it doesn’t represent my daily life. I can’t be rapping about poppin’ bottles in clubs and all that s##t, when I don’t even do that.
AllHipHop: Have you ever tried experimenting with melodic rap and all that?
Page Kennedy: I definitely did. I put 4 or 5 projects out since 2017, which is crazy because I funded it all independently. I took all my acting money and poured it into all my hopes and dreams, which is my music career.
Then I got my son Wolf God involved as well. He and I ended up doing a joint project together called *K2,* like 2 Kennedys.
Caught an idea, and I just jumped in his world. His world is the XXX’s, the Lil Uzi’s, the Migos’, so I explored what it would be like to do the autotune, melodic type of thing. So I have a whole album full of that.
AllHipHop: How old is he?
Page Kennedy: He’s 20. It was fun. It was great to make, like who gets to make a project with their kid?
We got a video for “Trapanese,” it’s an animated anime video. We have a video called “My Crew,” and then we’re gonna have another animated video for another song called “Flexing” coming out in February. So it will be 3 videos off of that K2 album.
AllHipHop: What are some goals yourself as an artist at this point in your career?
Page Kennedy: Some goals is to be able to get on some of the platforms that have passed on me, to showcase my ability to spit bars.
Like Flex and LA Leakers, those are the 2 main ones I really wanna showcase my stuff on.
Then to start to get more widespread notoriety for the music, ‘cause if you heard my music, you’d know that I ain’t whack.
AllHipHop: Do you think platforms matter in this day and age?
Page Kennedy: I think some of them do. I think Funk Flex matters. I feel like The Breakfast Club matters, which I’ve been able to rap on The Breakfast Club and do Shakespeare. That was dope. I feel like some of them definitely still matter.
AllHipHop: What’s a normal day in the life? Walk us through.
Page Kennedy: I am very simple. I am in a slow down phase at this point. I love sports. I watch every Lakers game. I am a huge Laker fan. I love football. I’m actually missing football right now. I watch every date of TV Shows. My TV shows, I am big on that. I go to the movies every Friday.
AllHipHop:I really wanna see "Bodied."
Page Kennedy: I saw that, and it was terrific. It was great. The only thing is I wish I was in it. That movie is great.