Starz’s popular crime drama BMF has done what no other scripted TV series has been able to do. It brought together Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, his musical mentor Eminem, and rap legend Snoop Dogg.
Jackson, the show’s executive producer, directed episode 7, titled “All In the Family,” on Sunday. Meanwhile, Snoop Dogg played the part of Pastor Swift, and Detroit-born Eminem made a brief cameo as “White Boy” Rick Wershe.
The episode also featured Demetrius “Lil Meech” Flenory Jr., who raps in real life and stars as his father Big Meech on BMF. Detroit rapper Kash Doll, who poses as Monique, completed the package as Big Meech’s and his rival Lamar’s on-again, off-again-on-again-again-on-again-again-off-again package.
“That’s the power of hip-hop,” showrunner Randy Huggins excitedly tells TVLine. “Tell me when five hip-hop stars have starred in one episodic drama? It can’t be, because it’s never been done. The fact that we’re directing 50 Cent? Come on. That’s big. And he used his connections to get in his son Eminem We are making history here.”
Although Snoop and Eminem do not interact on screen, Lil Meech appeared in scenes with all of them. In his scene with Snoop, he attended the funeral of Darius, his sister’s boyfriend, who was murdered by Lamar. His lightning-fast interaction with Eminem, on the other hand, allowed him to 8 miles Star’s White Boy Rick, and he comforted Monique after an injured Lamar violently assaulted her.
Eric Kofi-Abrefa, who plays as Lamar, says having 50 Cent as a director gives his already edifying experience in filmmaking. BMF. In an action-packed scene from Episode 7, the British actor’s character is shot and nearly killed by drug-dealing competitors. (Lamar is a character amalgamation loosely based on a real-life Detroit mobster named Layton Simon.)
“50 is a generous director who wanted to make sure everyone felt good about what they were doing,” reveals Kofi-Abrefa. “I never felt like I was in danger or not understanding where the character was going. Just hanging out with Lil Meech, who recruited 50 Cent for the show, was enlightening. His dad would come over sometimes to talk to me about the history and context of his life and family. He told me about the man my character is based on and gave me all kinds of details that I could throw in a jar, mix up and add to my performance.”
for hugs, BMF, which tells the story of Detroit kingpins the Flenory brothers, is an opportunity to tell a gangster story from a black perspective set in a very black city.
“Movies like the godfather and goodfellas romanticize crime and gangsters all the time,” Huggins surmises. “The black community has its own gangsters, and BMF tells the story of two of them and what that looked like and where it all started.”