A native of the gritty streets of Detroit, Page Kennedy spent his early years going from the modest home of his neglectful drug-addicted mother, to a more comfortable yet equally difficult life alongside his doctor/drug-dealer strict and physically abusive father. In times of extreme struggle and trauma, creative people often find solace in the arts and Page found in rap the avenue of self-expression he had longed for. At a time where Detroit bred its best rappers in the playgrounds, Page perfected his lyrical skills by battling and conquering anyone and everyone that came in his path; and over the years earned a reputation as one of the best rappers at Detroitâ€™s renowned â€œHip-Hop Shop.â€
Page has a very impressive resume in Hollywood, including appearances in the biggest shows in TV; including regular roles on Desperate Housewives, Blue Mountain State, S.W.A.T., Rush Hour and of course as the intelligent and ruthless drug dealer U-Turn in Weeds. Despite all of his success as an actor (with over 50 credited appearances in film and TV), Page has always been loyal to his first love: Hip-Hop. In 2017, Page released his lyrically charged debut project, Torn Pages, which featured an eclectic assortment of songs with guest appearances from Royce da 5â€™9â€, KXNG Crooked, King Los, Mr. Porter, Elzhi, Trick Trick and Marsha Ambrosius.
â€œI wrote this song because of the increasing influence of hip-hop by those who I feel only get into music for cloutâ€ Page states. â€œI grew up on this artform and artists like Slick Rick, Kool Moe Dee, LL Cool J, Run-DMC & Ice Cube, it made me fall in love with hip-hop because of their vivid storytelling and wordplay. So when I see that the art is completely changing and moving towards drug advocates, or only about how much money someone has and word play is now an antiquated way of expression; it drives me nuts. Common, had a song when I was younger called “I Use To Love Her.” When I first heard it, I was blown away. With the recent passing of my friend XXXtentacion, I realize I have even more of a duty to show the youth a different and better way. Having concept songs and stories that are showcased in the mainstream is a step in the right direction.â€
With contributions from The Heatmakerz (Diplomats, Lil Wayne & Ghostface), 3D Natee and ANoyd, Page also made sure to keep things very Detroit centric, as Elzhi (along with Nick Grant) appear on â€œOne In A Millionâ€ and rising talents Neisha Neshae (â€œIâ€™ma Go Crazyâ€) and Ashley Sorell (her angelic vocals also appeared on a few tracks from Royceâ€™s Book Of Ryan) also contribute. â€œI always look to rep my city in everything I doâ€ Page proudly stated. â€œWhen I play characters in movies or on TV, if I can, I try and make sure they are from Detroit.â€
With a surefire Hollywood summer blockbuster movie and new album on the horizon, a lot has changed in a year, but itâ€™s still just the Same Page Different Story for Page Kennedy.