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(2001)

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Jody listens to the song "Hail Mary" by Tupac Shakur and has a mural on his wall of him. Tupac Shakur was originally supposed to play the role of Jody, but was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting in 1996.
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John Singleton originally wrote the role of Rodney for Ice Cube.
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In the beginning of the film John Singleton's daughter portrays Jody's daughter.
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Tyrese Gibson and Taraji P. Henson later starred in Four Brothers (2005).
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At the time of filming, Tyrese Gibson was 23, and Taraji P. Henson was 31.
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The film is the last feature film written by John Singleton as he did not write any of his later feature-length directorial projects.
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John Singleton mentioned that he wrote the script for this movie with Tupac Shakur in mind for the lead role.It was eventually filmed with Tyrese Gibson in his place and released in 2001, five years after Shakur's death.
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The store where Jody is jumped by the teenagers and robbed is the same store from Boyz N the Hood where Ricky buys the lottery ticket, milk, and donuts.
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John Singleton's mother; Sheila Ward, plays a mourner in the dream sequence where Jody sees himself at his funeral.
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A poster of Tyra Banks is seen hanging on the wall in Jody's room. Director & writer John Singleton was previously in a relationship with Tyra from 1993 to 1996, and said that he put it there as an inside joke. John had given Tyra her first movie role in his third film "Higher Learning" (1995).
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Ving Rhames based a lot of his role as Melvin off the life of former Crip gang member Kevin "Big Cat" Doucette.
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A.J. Johnson lived in South Central for 2 weeks to prepare for her role as Juanita, she rode the bus, hung out at the mall, John Singleton helped her connect with some friends and she also got her nose pierced.
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Omar Gooding worked with Tyrese on Hanging With Mr. Cooper and Taraji P. Henson on Smart Guy.
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John Singleton originally started writing Baby Boy as a novel, he wrote two chapters of it, but it was taking too long & couldn't finish it.
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The boxing video game Sweatpea is seen playing at his girlfriend Kim's house is "Ready 2 Rumble" for the Dreamcast.
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Prior to this, Taraji P. Henson starred in 3 episodes of "Smart Guy" with Omar Gooding (1997-1998)
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John Singleton: The bootlegger who tries to sell DVDs to Jody and Sweetpea.
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