Succession is expected to clean up at the 2020 Emmys, with a whopping 8 nominations for acting. Jeremy Strong, who plays Kendall Roy on the show, was one of those cast members nominated for his performance on the TV show. Strong is so talented, in fact, he added one of the most essential parts of the Succession Season 2 rap for his father, “L to the OG,” himself.
The ‘Succession’ Season 2, Episode 8 rap that was the definition of cringe
Jeremy Strong as Kendall Roy in Succession | Graeme Hunter/HBO
In a recent Wrap profile, Strong told the story of how his infamous “L to the OG” rap came to be in season 2, episode 8, “Dundee.” Per the publication:
Nicholas Britell, the soundtrack composer as well as music supervisor on the show, recalled, ‘Jesse [Armstrong] reached out and said: ‘Soooo, Kendall’s gonna rap as a tribute to Logan. And it has to be both completely cringeworthy but at the same time kind of really well executed.’
Armstrong, who created Succession for HBO, set up a task for Strong that sounded completely “impossible.” The actor didn’t exactly rise to the challenge, initially.
“I advocated cutting it immediately,” Strong told The Wrap. Part of the reason? In the script, the very first line of the rap was: “‘Yo — kick it MC.”
“Oh, God, it’s going to be silly,” Strong revealed that he thought at the time.
However, Strong ended up putting faith in the Succession showrunner.
“ … Jesse always knows how to go too far,” the cast member explained. “He knew it was just where the show lived.” After a pause, Strong added: “But I did think, ‘This might just be silly and I don’t know how we pull this off.’”
What tipped the tide for Strong? Apparently the Succession creator was inspired by a real-life version of the cringe-y rap — as was Strong.
“… Armstrong sent him an Instagram video of Michael Hess, a billionaire oil heir, who rapped with Nelly at his 30th birthday,” the Wrap reported. From there, the actor was OK with the scene; “Strong decided to take the leap.”
The show’s cast member Jeremy Strong, who plays Kendall Roy, added one of the most important parts of the song
“Once committed, Strong was naturally going to take it all the way,” the publication confirmed. The actor — who is rumored to be a “method actor” — dove …
Source:: Showbiz Cheat Sheet