The rhymes that 'Lawrence Fishburne''s character recites, such as "The jungle creed says that the strong must feed on any prey at hand..." are lyrics taken from the record 'Reflections' by best-selling black author 'Iceberg Slim'. Bill Duke, who is a great fan of Iceberg Slim's work, wrote a screenplay of his autobiography "Pimp" which never made it to production.
The nameplates of two of the Representatives at the subcommittee hearing at the end read "Bojan Bazelli" and "Pamela Warner" - references to director of photography Bojan Bazelli and production designer Pamela B. Warner.
Clarence Williams III and Laurence Fishburne would collaborate again in Hoodlum (1997) where Fishburne plays Harlem gangster Bumpy Johnson. Ten years later, Williams III would play Bumpy Johnson briefly in the beginning of American Gangster (2007).
During the ending scene when Russell Stevens was about to arrest David Jason, David smacked Russell and said, "wake up", a nod to Lawrence Fishburne's portrayal of Dap from Spike Lee's School Daze (1988).