‘Succession’ Actor Jeremy Strong Made Up Part of Kendall Roy’s ‘L to the OG’ Rap Himself

by Jeremy Spirogis
Jeremy Strong - cast of Succession Season 2

Succession is predicted to wash up on the 2020 Emmys, with a whopping Eight nominations for appearing. Jeremy Strong, who performs Kendall Roy, was a kind of solid members nominated for his efficiency on the TV present. Strong is so proficient, in reality, he added probably the most important elements of the Succession Season 2 rap for his father, “L to the OG,” himself.

The ‘Succession’ Season 2, Episode Eight rap that was the definition of cringe

Jeremy Strong - cast of Succession Season 2
Jeremy Strong as Kendall Roy in Succession | Graeme Hunter/HBO

In a current Wrap profile, Strong instructed the story of how his notorious “L to the OG” rap got here to be in season 2, episode 8, “Dundee.” Per the publication:

Nicholas Britell, the soundtrack composer in addition to music supervisor on the present, recalled, ‘Jesse [Armstrong] reached out and said: ‘Soooo, Kendall’s gonna rap as a tribute to Logan. And it must be each utterly cringeworthy however on the identical time form of very well executed.’

Armstrong, who created Succession for HBO, arrange a activity for Strong that sounded utterly “impossible.” The actor didn’t precisely rise to the problem, initially.

“I advocated cutting it immediately,” Strong instructed The Wrap. Part of the explanation? 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 on the time.

However, Strong ended up placing religion within the Succession showrunner.

“ … Jesse always knows how to go too far,” the solid member defined. “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 impressed by a real-life model 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 present’s solid member Jeremy Strong, who performs Kendall Roy, added probably the most necessary elements of the tune

“Once committed, Strong was naturally going to take it all the way,” the publication confirmed. The actor — who’s rumored to be a “method actor” — dove headfirst into the rap.

“At the actor’s request, Britell sent a demo of himself doing the rap. Strong used that to practice until he felt like he could comfortably do it by heart,” per The Wrap.

However, it wasn’t nearly rap rehearsal for Strong. The Succession solid member introduced his personal inventive vitality to the duty — including in probably the most memorable moments.

Strong was the one who “added a melody to the chorus, ‘L to the OG,’” the journal defined. The Wrap argued that these four little phrases, in reality, “carried the whole scene — sending it viral, becoming a meme.”

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It was so meme-ified that folks made Halloween costumes out of the “rap outfit.”

Perhaps Strong taking inventive possession over the rap is a part of what made it “fun” for him to do — as he instructed The Wrap. The Succession actor continued:

What I beloved about that’s that it was an instance of a manner through which Jesse put me by way of the wringer. I wish to take dangers, however that one actually I haven’t carried out earlier than. I had three or 4 days to arrange and be taught and do it. So it felt like strolling the plank.

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