In this episode of People’s Party, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with actor, writer, dancer, rapper, comedian, music producer, and friend — Affion Crockett. This extensive conversation covers a multitude of subjects, including his road to success — growing up, and frequenting school talent shows, then moving to Hollywood and landing gigs as an extra on “Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls,” dancing on Soul Train, then soon after his big break getting a stand-up spot on Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam.
They discuss his prominent work on MTV’s “Wild ‘N Out” and what he learned from watching Nick Cannon’s drive and his prolific multi-tasking abilities. He also speaks on more lessons he took away from working with Jamie Foxx, Will Smith, and others. They touch on the common criticism of some that impressionism is not acting, Affion’s effective use of social media platforms to get his comedy out to the masses, his upcoming stand-up special, and of course this interview wouldn’t be complete without a run through of some of Affion’s classic rapper impressions, including J-Cole, Jay-Z, Kanye West, 2 Chainz, and more.