“BMF”: Was Lamar Based on a Real Person?

BMF, the newest drama series on Starz, has been Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s passion project for quite some time. Hip-hop fans are familiar with the famed Flenory brothers and the transformation of their time organization into an entertainment corporation. In the 1980s, as teenagers, Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory (Demetrius “Lil Meech” Flenory Jr.) and Terry “Southwest T” Flenory (Da’Vinchi) began their careers as small-time heroin dealers in Detroit. From there, they would become two of the country’s largest narcotics dealers.

Even though their BMF tale is just beginning, they are already confronting formidable obstacles. However, is their principal adversary Lamar (Eric Kofi-Abrefa), based on a natural person?

How precise is ‘BMF’?

Randy Huggins and 50 Cent wanted to ensure that the series was as realistic as possible now that the Flenorys and their family were on board.

Huggins told Urban Hollywood 411, “I did take some liberties, but everything is based on a story.” You cannot include people’s names. Some locations may have altered.”
Nonetheless, Huggins declined to wander too far from actual events. He also said, “I don’t think there’s a single character in there that I don’t know.” “To make a piece of art stand out, I might have to use my artistic freedom. I might have to take creative liberties to make a scene funnier than it was, but that’s how stories work. This isn’t a documentary.”

Is Lamar based on a historical figure?

Lamar, portrayed by Kofi-Abrefa, is arguably one of the most captivating characters on BMF. Lamar, like Omar from The Wire, has an undiagnosed mental illness and was freed from a mental health hospital during the rise of Detroit’s 50 Boyz.

The persona is based on actual individuals. Huggins created a composite figure from various individuals who inhabited the Flenorys universe during the era. Huggins told TVLine, “It’s not only a drug show.” “Lamar and I delve into mental disease. In the 1980s, when [President] Reagan shut down these state-run mental health facilities, individuals like Lamar were released with nowhere to go. Perhaps he entered the asylum believing it would be easier than prison, but he was already mentally ill and deteriorated.

Has Lamar fired upon Southwest T?

Terry was shot in the face as he left his girlfriend’s house after the pilot, to the horror of BMF fans. He had to have emergency surgery at the hospital, but the traumatic experience made him lose sight of one eye. Fans are now sure that Lamar was the one who shot the guy.

Fans know that Lamar and his group conflict with the Flenorys and the 50 Boyz. Lamar is also angry that Big Meech and Monique (Arkeisha “Kash Doll” Knight) dated while he was in prison and later in a mental health facility.

Fans are sure he shot Southwest T because the faceless shooter was caught on camera wearing the workman’s boots he often wears.

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