Twenty years ago this month, the film Menace II Society was released and Kendrick Lamar was in his early elementary school years. Even though he was young, the film was still influential in his life growing up. Recently, Kendrick spoke about his thanks for Caine in the film and even asked Tyrin Turner, the actor behind the role, about what it was like to act as the character in the movie.
“I liked Caine,” Kendrick Lamar shared with MTV’s RapFix recently, while asking Turner his question. “Everybody liked O-Dog. I liked Caine for some reason. So, Caine, being that you are from L.A. I want to ask how easy or hard was it for you to portray the character inside of Menace II Society?”
Kendrick then continued, stating that he saw his older cousin in Caine when he was a kid.
“I look at it as a kid and I still see, you look like my older cousin when he was 17. So, how easy was it for you to portray Caine in Menace II Society?”
Turner explained that growing up in South Central Los Angeles gave him a definite benefit with the role.
“I grew up in South Central L.A. so I never participated in none of the activities that went on but I had homeboys that sold dope. I had homeboys that drank, smoke or whatever the case may be. So, you see it and you know the demeanor of it,” he shared. “I just knew to pick up on a lot of things that I saw. So it was easy.”
RapFix was hosted by Sway Calloway. His co-host for the day Consequence also asked Turner a question, his asking about Tupac’s relationship with Jada Pinkett-Smith.
“When I seen ‘Pac and Jada together, they seemed like brother and sister. They was wrestling and all kinds of stuff, all in the hallway wrestling,” he noted, saying that Tupac was present during the filming of the movie.