While giving his track "DNA." the visual treatment, he recruited none other than Don Cheadle to co-star along with him. As it turns out, the reason why the beloved actor was a perfect addition to Lamar's genius is a bit ironic in retrospect.
While many of us may have missed this little detail as we first digested the music video, others are now having a lighthearted "aha" moment regarding Cheadle's involvement.
As pointed out on Twitter, Cheadle previously played a role that can also be fittingly dubbed as "Kung Fu Kenny," a moniker that Lamar is now proudly adopting with the release of his new album.
In the 2001 sequel Rush Hour 2, a now-classic film starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, Cheadle makes an uncredited appearance as a minor character named Kenny. Years later, the actor is paying a new tribute to the original "Kung Fu Kenny," changing his Twitter avatar to an image from his 2001 role and reminding fans that yes, he did in fact do his own stunts during his appearance in the acclaimed franchise.
With Cheadle's appearance in "DNA." doubling as him handing over the baton for Kendrick Lamar to take on the moniker with pride, this definitely makes for a "fun fact" type of full circle moment, with a dash of irony thrown in for good measure.
Rewatch Kendrick Lamar's "DNA." here and take a look at Don Cheadle appearing as the original "Kung Fu Kenny" in a clip from Rush Hour 2 below.
Kung Fu Kenny.— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) March 31, 2017
"Twisting Tiger" 👊🏿🤜🏿🤛🏿 https://t.co/Q0FSCz4rzD— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) April 19, 2017
Jackie and I worked on it for a couple days then got up to "speed." His, not mine. Damn. But yes; dat was me. https://t.co/01etesoEtT— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) April 19, 2017
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