The man, the myth... the deadbeat.
That's Kevin Federline for you, and there can be no substitute. Below, EW sat down with the rapping aspirant and talked with him about his new album, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, not doing "the whole high school thing," and being "the champion." Good God.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: First things first â€" can you describe the sound of your debut rap album, Playing With Fire (out October 31)?
KEVIN FEDERLINE: It's like an upbeat club record. Everything on it, you can just pretty much dance to it. It says a lot, in a fun way. It speaks for itself.
EW: And what are your expectations for it?
K-FED: I'm just looking to put it out there and get some feedback on it. I want people to listen to it as a whole instead of just one song at a time.
EW: Why'd you name it Playing With Fire?
K-FED: Because I feel like in my life, in the last couple of years, with everything that's gone on, that's how I feel â€" like I'm playing with fire. [It could also mean] things I say on there are playing with fire, the press is toying with me, so they're playing with fire â€" it goes all different ways.
EW: How do you think your life is going to change when the album comes out?
K-FED: I haven't really thought about that. I'm just really more excited to go out and perform and learn how to become this artist... I'm trying to be really focused right now. I want to make sure everything is right, that I don't go out there and deliver something that I don't want to be delivered.
EW: What'd Britney say when she first heard you had signed with a label?
K-FED: She was happy with that. When I got the actual album artwork and the first CD, I took it home the other night. She was very happy. She didn't expect me to bring home an album three weeks before it came out.
EW: We just saw you on CSI, guest starring in the October 12 episode. Do you want to do anything like that again?
K-FED: If it's the right part. I love the character [a thug] they gave me.
EW: Okay, on to the Personality Test! Finish this sentence: If your life was a drinking game, everyone would do a shot when...
K-FED: My name comes out of their mouths.
EW: Which name: Kevin Federline or K-Fed?
K-FED: All of the above. Anything related.
EW: So you think people talk about you a lot?
K-FED: I'm the most talked about of anyone over the last couple of years. I think it would be a good drinking game â€" I would get half the world drunk and the other half would have a buzz.
EW: What would your American Idol audition song be?
K-FED: You're going to love this one: [Justin Timberlake's] "SexyBack."
EW: Really? Why?
K-FED: I don't know â€" it's just what came to mind when you asked me.
EW: But you'd have to perform this for the judges.
K-FED: That would be good!
EW: Is it a Justin Timberlake thing, or you just think you're bringing sexy back?
K-FED: Just sexy back. That's all I gotta say.
EW: Do you think you'd win the competition if you sang that song?
K-FED: I'm the champion, of course.
EW: Do you even like Justin Timberlake?
K-FED: Yeah, we're cool. It's a good song. That's why I'd do it. It's No. 1 right now. If it was Jay-Z, and he was No. 1, then I'd be telling you that.
EW: Okay, next question: In high school, I was...
K-FED: A short-term student. I wound up going to get my GED and stuff. I didn't really do the whole high school thing.