Kendrick Lamar, Compton's self-proclaimed good kid, absorbed the world around him and churned out a masterful debut LP complete with memorable characters and a tragic story line. So it should come as no surprise that good kid, m.A.A.d city was influenced by the 1993 film "Menace II Society," even though he was only 5 when it came out.
"I liked Caine, everybody liked O-Dog, I liked Caine for some reason," K-Dot told "RapFix Live" host Sway Calloway of Tyrin Turner's character in the film.
O-Dog, who was played by Larenz Tate, was wildly unpredictable and committed a double homicide in the first scene of the film, before the opening credits even rolled. Turner's character, while still rugged, had a bit more good kid tendencies. Actually, Caine reminded Kendrick a lot of his older cousin.
"How easy or hard was it for you to portray the character from 'Menace II Society'?" Lamar asked Turner in our Pass the Mic segment on Wednesday's episode of "RapFix Live," when we celebrated the 20-year anniversary of the gritty coming-of-age flick.
For Tyrin, a South Central, Los Angeles native, it wasn't difficult at all. "I never participated in none of the activity that went on, but I had homeboys that sold dope, I had homeboys that smoke, drunk, whatever the case may be so you see it and you just know the demeanor of it," he explained, answering Kendrick's question. "I just knew how to pick up on a lot of things that I saw, so it was pretty much easy."