Demetrius Flenory Jr.

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Demetrius Flenory Jr.
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Flenory in 2021
Born
Demetrius Flenory Jr.

(2000-04-22) April 22, 2000 (age 21)
Other namesLil Meech
Occupation
  • Actor
  • rapper
Years active2019–present
Known forBlack Mafia Family
Parent(s)Demetrius Flenory (father)
Musical career
Genres

Demetrius Flenory Jr. (born April 22, 2000) is an American actor and rapper. He rose to fame portraying his father, Demetrius Flenory of Black Mafia Family, in 50 Cent's BMF series adaptation.

Early life

Demetrius "Lil Meech" Flenory Jr. was born in Miami, Florida.[1] He is the son of Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory and nephew of Terry "Southwest T" Flenory of Black Mafia Family, respectively. Flenory Jr. speaks with his father everyday, as the elder has been incarcerated since Flenory Jr. was five years old.[2]

Career

In 2019, under the mononym "Lil Meech" (which is a tribute to his father, "Big Meech"), Flenory Jr. self-released his debut song "Bad Habits"; included in the music video was a half-minute recording of his father conversing from jail.[3]

2021–present: Black Mafia Family and Euphoria

Flenory Jr. explains that he received a call from his dad in prison, in which he told him that rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson had the rights to the Black Mafia Family story and a movie or a TV series would be produced.[4] Black Mafia Family would portray the true story of two Detroit brothers, Demetrius "Big Meech" and Terry "Southwest T" Flenory, who make a name for themselves as notorious drug dealers in the 1980s, becoming one of the most influential crime families in America. In the early 2000s, Flenory founded BMF Entertainment, a money laundering exercise that encompassed a record label and music promotions agency.[5] The first casting call was set in Atlanta, and his father wished for him to meet Jackson so that he could get a sense of how the adaptation was being produced. After falling short of finding an actor, while present at the casting calls, the rapper/executive producer told Flenory Jr. that he wanted to move him to LA and enroll him in acting classes so that he could star in the series as his father. At the time, Flenory Jr. was in enrolled at University of Nevada, Las Vegas studying business.[1] He described the experience as "intense" as he had been taking lessons "five days a week, (sometimes) two times a day, for two years."[6] Jackson shared Flenory Jr.'s father, Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory was in constant communication with his son, Demetrius "Lil Meech" Flenory Jr. and creator Randy Huggins throughout the whole process of the show's creation.[7][8] In the beginning of the show's creation, Huggin's didn't believe it was imperative for Flenory Jr. to portray his father.[9]

When speaking about the experience to The New York Post, Flenory Jr. explains:

"At first it sounded crazy — I had never acted before. I was actually in school for business at UNLV, in Las Vegas. [Now] I want to act for the rest of my life. I feel like I found my calling. So, 50 basically brought acting to me. He's the reason that I’m acting. He helped me get the role, but I had to earn it and show the network [that I was the right choice]."[10]

"No one’s credibility amounts to his. I just want him to tell me he’s proud—he’s seen it, and he’s happy I did it and I killed it. Once I hear that, then it’s all good for me. That’s what I want for my family."

—Flenory Jr., about his portrayal of his father in BMF.[7]

Flenory Jr. received positive reception on his role as his father in the BMF television series. The Face described the actor's performance as "brilliant" — despite it being his acting debut.[2] The crime drama series had been renewed for a second season prior to the completed airing of the first season.[10] In August 2021, Flenory was revealed to be a new addition to HBO's Euphoria.[11] Being a fan of the show himself, Flenory Jr. explained: “Euphoria touches on a lot of different subjects and it’s all real world things. I think it’s needed for the culture, that’s why so many people love it. I love it. I watched the whole first season and I can’t wait for the next. It’s the truth, it’s real, it’s what’s happening out there.”[2] Details on their respective characters and roles are being kept under wraps as production remains under way, but fans speculate that Flenory Jr. will portray a love interest for Maddy (Alexa Demie).[12]

Filmography

Television

Year Title Role Notes Ref
2021 Black Mafia Family Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory Main role [13]
2022–present Euphoria Travis Recurring role (season 2) [11]
2022 Taurus N/A [14]

References

  1. ^ a b "Lil Meech Details Growing Up With His Father Big Meech Before and After Incarceration, Shares Advice". YouTube.com. September 19, 2016. Retrieved October 20, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "From drug godfather to Euphoria: Demetrius Flenory Jr's wild ride". Theface.com. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
  3. ^ "Meet Demetrius "Lil Meech" Flenory Jr., Will Be Portraying His Father Big Meech's Role In BMF". Ecelebritymirror.com. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
  4. ^ "50 Cent reflects on 'golden opportunity' of casting Demetrius Flenory Jr as his father Big Meech in BMF". Metro.co.uk/. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
  5. ^ "Black Mafia Family leader 'Big Meech' gets big no in bid to leave prison". DetroitNews.com. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
  6. ^ "Demetrius Flenory Jr. of 'BMF' says 50 Cent kept him in acting lessons for 2 years". Yahoo.com. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
  7. ^ a b "'BMF' ACTOR DEMETRIUS FLENORY JR. REVEALS THE PRESSURE HE FELT PLAYING HIS DAD'S REAL LIFE STORY". TheSource.com. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
  8. ^ "Starz series 'BMF' set in Detroit nails smallest details about the city". Freep.com. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
  9. ^ "'BMF' showrunner Randy Huggins wasn't convinced Lil Meech should portray his father". Cheatsheet.com. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
  10. ^ a b "'BMF' star Demetrius Flenory Jr. on playing his own dad in crime drama". NYPost.com. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
  11. ^ a b "'Euphoria': Minka Kelly, Dominic Fike & Demetrius 'Lil Meech' Flenory Jr. Join Season 2 Of HBO Series". Deadline.com. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
  12. ^ "'Euphoria' Enlists Dominic Fike, Minka Kelly, Demetrius 'Lil Meech' Flenory Jr". Hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
  13. ^ "Demetrius 'Lil Meech' Flenory". Imdb.com. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
  14. ^ "Machine Gun Kelly music saga 'Taurus' casts Megan Fox, Ruby Rose and Lil Tjay". NME.com. Retrieved January 11, 2022.

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