“BMF” is inspired by the true exploits of Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory and Terry “Southwest T” Flenory, two brothers from the south-west Detroit who become powerful figures in a massive multi-state drug smuggling ring.
The stars in the series are Demetrius “Lil Meech” Flenory, who will represent his father. The title “BMF” stands for Black Mafia Family.
Starz describes the series, which unfolds in the 1980s, as “a story about love, kinship and capitalism in the pursuit of the American dream.” It will chronicle the rise and fall of their illegal pursuits and their vision to go beyond crime and “into the world of hip-hop.”
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is a production executive. Jackson was a co-creator of the “Power” franchise for Starz with Courtney Kemp. He will work with Motor City-based executive producer, writer, and showrunner Randy Huggins.
In a recent interview, I spoke with Mark Edwards, who is helping out with the music supervision.
“I was blessed enough to form a music company with a really good friend of mine, and he is allowing me to help him assist in the music supervision. My man Derryck ‘Big Tank’ Thornton and I work closely with his son Derryck Thornton Jr., who went to Duke, transferred to USC, and graduated from Boston College,” said Edwards.
“He is one of the top music supervisors in the country. He has many projects BMF is one of them, The Chi and the Ghost series. I have always loved music, and he is allowing me to help out with the music supervision part of it. It is crazy because we can insert original music at times, and the process is amazing. They have probably 20 plus place cards where you can insert music to set up scenes through each episode. He is allowing me to work on that.”
He would continue, “Now, the BMF thing hits close to home for me. I have people who were some of the top guys in the organization. So, these guys are like family to me. Regardless of what they are accused of, they are still black men, and we are still waiting for some of them to come home. This project will tell a story, and it is real, and it is something I saw first hand. I was not a participant. So, as I said, those guys are family, and I will represent the guys who are not here.”
BMF premieres at 9 p.m. Sept. 26. Besides Flenory Jr., the cast will feature Da’Vinchi, Russell Hornsby, Michole Briana White, Ajiona Alexus, and Steve Harris.