Kendrick Lamar’s impressive acting debut on the STARZ series Power took some time to cultivate before it came to fruition. According to Kung Fu Kenny, it was something he, 50 Cent and Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith discussed for years.
In an interview for Variety, Power creator and showrunner Courtney A. Kemp asked Lamar what made him ask 50 to be on the show.
“I’ve always been a fan of the show,” the Grammy winner told Kemp. “Me, 50 and Top always communicate like, man, we got to do something one day and make something right. It’s been a process for like, I want to say four years. It’s been a while. It’s just timing about everything.”
Kemp also revealed it was important to K. Dot that he not be cast as a drug dealer. So, the role of a crackhead named Laces was created — even though the Power creative team wasn’t looking for a guest star.
Watch Kemp interview Lamar about his acting debut on the fifth season of Power below.