Morgan Freeman Discusses Why He Chose to Narrate 21 Savage's 'Savage Mode II'

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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 06: Morgan Freeman attends the American Film Institute's 47th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Denzel Washington at Dolby Theatre on June 06, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

As soon as someone enters 21 Savage and Metro Boomin's Savage Mode II, they hear the unmistakable narration of Morgan Freeman.

Marking his first official foray into the hip-hop world, his vocal cameo debatably turns the Savage Mode sequel into an instant classic. The 83-year-old Hollywood legend recently revealed to GQ the "wisdom" in the script that convinced him to step inside the booth.

"I read the copy and was like, 'Wow, there's some wisdom in here,'" he explained. "I think this is the way I think: It's basically saying, 'Don’t suffer fools and when you want something, go for that.' If [Savage’s music] is a young people thing, then this is stuff they need to be aware of. So it's a good thing to do."

Adding to the lore surrounding the project, Metro tweeted on Tuesday that Freeman's seven monologues were crafted by Big Rube, "the Dungeon Family legend!!" (Dungeon Family is an Atlanta-based collective credited with shaping the early sound of acts like Outkast and Future.)

Another motivating factor for Freeman was the "fun" opportunity to venture outside of what he thinks is his "mold" of "nice guy" roles. He played God in Bruce Almighty, after all. 

"Henry Fonda was in it, Spencer Tracy was in it, James Stewart was in it, even though he played a couple of bad guys," he said. "You don't really don't want to be cast into a mold, but after a few years, it's bound to happen."

21 Savage is keeping the onslaught of new content coming, as he just dropped the cinematic video for "My Dawg" in which he channels the mood of a hip, British kingpin.