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Channel 4 cancelling Top Boy after two seasons in 2013 left many fans scratching their heads. None more so than hip-hop superstar Drake who had become a huge fan after watching the series on YouTube. Thanks to him and Netflix, Top Boy returns with its third season and there are plenty of things you need to know before the new season.
5 things you need to know before Top Boy season 3
The Top Boy crew faced real drug dealers during filming
While filming was underway for season three, actor Ashley Walters revealed he and his colleagues were approached by actual drug dealers for being on they territory.
He told Netflix in mini-documentary This Is the Legacy of Top Boy: “We’re shooting at places where this stuff goes down.
“We were filming on an estate where, you know, where the local guys that were dealing couldn’t deal because we were shooting,
“So they were asking, ‘we need money?’” he said.
Drake basically brought it back from the dead
It’s no secret that rapper Drake will serve as executive producer on Top Boy but not many know just how influential he was in getting it back on screens.
Drake told Good Morning Britain about Top Boy: “It kind of disappeared on me and I was like, ‘wait, what happened?’
“I did my research and found out it had been ultimately cancelled and I brought it up to my brother my manager and my partner in crime who is the best facilitator I know,
“If anyone can get it done, he can get it done and I said: ‘We should try and get this back,’
“Next thing I knew we were sitting in a room with Netflix and here we are.”
The series was originally rejected in the States
Netflix may be distributing Top Boy an Original series around the globe by Walters has said how the first season was initially rejected overseas.
Speaking on the red carpet at the Top Boy premiere, he said: “You can look at culture in the UK right now and we’re exporting a lot.
“We’re giving a lot of our product to the rest of the world so I just felt like this was perfect timing. The six-year gap which came by accident actually made it perfect, the world is ready for this now.
“Back in the day when we made series one, we tried to sell it to America, they didn’t want it because they couldn’t understand what we were talking about.
“But now things are less different and cultures merged and slang has merged – it’s a lot more palatable now.”
Several of the cast are recording artists
Fans of seasons one and two, now rebranded as Top Boy Summerhouse, will know the actor behind Sully is award-winning rapper Kano.
However, Kano, whose real name is Kane Robinson, isn’t the only chart-topper to appear in season three.
Joining him are rappers Dave and Little Simz, real names David Omoregie and Simbiatu Ajikawo.
In the show’s debut series, grime artist Scorcher also appeared as gang rival Kamale.
This is a lot of the actors first ever job
One thing several of the cast and crew of Top Boy laud over is the show’s authenticity.
Creator Ronan Bennett told Netflix: “Where Top Boy stands out is in that authenticity,
“We didn’t go out to stars, a very high proportion of our actors are first-time actors from similar backgrounds.”
Executive producer Alasdair Flind added: “The key of all of that is the casting process and what we look for its authenticity.
“The criteria is do they feel authentic? Do we believe they come from those streets?”
Top Boy season 3 is available to stream on Netflix from Friday, September 13.