50 Cent makes good television and even better songs for those television shows, and you can add aging Eminem backwards to his many employable skills. The “BMF” series on STARZ is 50 Cent’s latest success, shadowing the life of Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory and starring Big Meech’s real-life junior—Demetrius “Lil Meech” Flenory Jr. Episode 7 released last week cameo-ed the “8 Mile” star Eminem as the real teenage snitch White Boy Rick.
The “Stan” rapper is only in the episode for a few seconds, portraying real FBI informant Richard “White Boy Rick” Wershe Jr. from Detroit—known for being the youngest informant in American history. He was also later jailed for selling drugs. The appearance of White Boy Rick in the “BMF” episode was about as short-lived as Eminem’s actual acting credits.
It’s a solid 15 seconds of Eminem posted on the wall as the main character, played by Demetrius Flenory Jr., walks by and dabs the young looking snitch up while talking about things murderous drug dealers talk about. Murdering and selling drugs. I’ll assume what makes this episode so special, outside of 50 directing it, is that CGI technology was used to de-age Eminem. Because the Detroit rapper had to look the part of a young teenager, make-up and editing makes Eminem look like a creepy teenager.
According to IMDB, this will be Eminem’s third acting credit. His past acting roles include B-rabbit in “8 Mile” and Chris in the indie film “Car Wash” which stars Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg—Snoop Dogg makes an appearance in this week’s episode as a preacher. It seems like Eminem only makes film/television appearances for friends, or “8 Mile,” and with over 100 music video shorts and only three acting credits we can conclude which medium he likes more.
50 Cent was proud about directing this episode and having his friend on the show, even when there was an alleged mix up with the premiere of the episodes and social media heard about it as Fif’ went on a rant about STARZ poor handling of the show. He praised Eminem’s dedication to preparing for the role (all 15 seconds of it), and being able to direct his friend was a highlight for his career. 50’s admiration for Em’ is reminiscent of Tommy and Ghost’s brotherhood (before season 5) on “Power.” The two have had a long lasting friendship and some could argue Eminem is the inspiration behind Tommy’s iconic character played by Joseph Sikora.
There isn’t much to review on Eminem’s performance on “BMF”, and while he’s no scene stealer like Tommy, we’ll keep an eye out for more of the rapper. Hopefully ‘he’ll lose his self’ in the role and we can get some dialogue out of him.