September 23, 2019 — Rap titan Drake is reportedly in negotiations to come on as a producer for the much-anticipated BMF television series alongside fellow hip-hop luminary 50 Cent. Two years ago this month, 50 Cent announced he had made a deal to follow up his smash-hit crime epic Power on the Starz Network with a show detailing the rise and fall of the infamous Flenory brothers and their legendary Black Mafia Family.

Drake took a photo wearing a BMF hoodie sweatshirt that was posted on 50 Cent’s social media account in November 2017 to promote the still-in-development project. 50 Cent has sold more than 30,000,000 records, while Drake has already eclipsed the 100,000,000 marker. They’ve both won Grammy Awards and have dabbled in the acting world (Drake started his career as a wheelchair-bound high school student on a Canadian teen soap opera).

50 Cent created Power in 2014. Dipping into television production recently to diversify his own career, Drake has a role in producing Euphoria (HBO) and the upcoming Top Boy reboot (Netflix).

The BMF organization ruled the American cocaine trade in the late 1990s and early 2000s, rising from the slums of Detroit, Michigan to maintaining a criminal empire the likes of which had never been seen before on U.S. soil: a sophisticated, multi-tiered wholesale drug kingdom that spanned two dozen states and was worth an estimated $300,000,000 when the fatal Operation Motor City Mafia case finally dropped in the fall of 2005. The case led to convictions of the entitle hierarchy of the organization and three dozens lieutenants, couriers and associates.

Demetrius (Big Meech) Flenory, 51, and his younger brother Terry (Southwest T) Flenory, 48, are serving 30-year prison sentences for heading BMF, the outcome of plea deals they each cut for themselves on the eve of a 2007 federal trial in Motown. Big Meech is by far the most revered criminal icon of his era and the most notorious this side of mythic Mexican drug lord El Chapo. Drake and dozens of other popular rappers make a habit of shouting out Big Meech on their tracks even further embedding him in the New Millennium pop culture narrative to this day, almost 15 years after his reign came to a sudden halt with a syndicate-crushing indictment.

Last February, 50 Cent put the word out that his BMF show would start the casting process. Weeks prior, Detroiter Randy Huggins, a writer on Power, was officially announced as the project’s showrunner.

Since news broke of the casting call, no actors have been publicly attached to the project as of yet. Big Meech’s son, aspiring rapper “Lil’ Meech” is rumored to be in the running to play his dad as the lead in the series. There’s also been speculation that Drake himself might want to throw his hat into the ring in the race for the role.

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