‘Succession’ Actor Who Plays Kendall Reveals What He Really Thought of His Character’s Season 2 Rap

by Jeremy Spirogis
Jeremy Strong - cast of Succession Season 2

One of probably the most memorable — and meme-able — moments from HBO’s Succession Season 2 was Kendall Roy’s very public rap about his father, Logan Roy. What did the actor who performs Kendall on the TV present — Jeremy Strong — take into consideration his character’s rap efficiency in Succession Season 2?

‘Succession’ forged member on Kendall Roy’s season 2 rap that grew to become a meme

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

Strong’s latest interview with The Wrap revealed what the actor actually considered his character Kendall Roy’s cringe-y season 2 rap.

While Strong admits he doesn’t at all times rehearse scenes — so as to maintain the stress alive and contemporary — the rap scene was one which “Strong rehearsed obsessively,” the publication reported. The Succession forged member felt a bit of bit like he was punching above his weight in trying the scene.

“He had never rapped before,” The Wrap continued. The composer and music supervisor on HBO’s Succession, Nicholas Britell, additionally informed the journal how the scene got here to be. Jesse Armstrong, the sequence creator, contacted Britell to inform him: “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.” That seems like a troublesome line to toe. For Strong, the truth is, it sounded downright “impossible.”

“I advocated cutting it immediately,” Strong defined. He apprehensive it was “going to be silly.” However, the Succession forged member put full religion within the showrunner.

“… Jesse always knows how to go too far,” Strong stated. “He knew it was just where the show lived.” Still, Strong was involved that they might be capable of “pull … off” the season 2, episode eight scene.

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Apparently, all Strong wanted was a little bit of inspiration from the actual world.

“Armstrong sent him an Instagram video of Michael Hess, a billionaire oil heir, who rapped with Nelly at his 30th birthday,” the publication reported. Strong conceded and dove headfirst into his rap rehearsal.

Jeremy Strong went into intense planning and prepping mode for the episode eight rap about Logan Roy

The Succession music supervisor despatched Strong “a demo of himself doing the rap,” which the actor used “to practice until he felt like he could comfortably do it by heart.”

One of probably the most cringeworthy — and memorable — moments of the rap? Strong made it up all by himself. The actor who performs Kendall is the one who “added a melody to the chorus, ‘L to the OG.’”

The Wrap argues that this easy line “carried the whole scene” and made the rap go “viral, becoming a meme.” Some folks even dressed up like Kendall in his “rap outfit” for Halloween.

Jeremy Strong on Succession Season 2 | Zach Dilgard/HBO

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Overall, Strong is grateful for the expertise as an actor.

“What I loved about that is that it was an example of a way in which Jesse put me through the wringer,” Strong stated of the Succession creator. The problem in itself is what he appreciated most:

I prefer to take dangers, however that one definitely I haven’t achieved earlier than. I had three or 4 days to arrange and be taught and do it. So it felt like strolling the plank. Rapping feels very empowering, that alone was good — to have an opportunity to specific my love for my father.

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