News: Kanye West Battle Raps On "Cleveland Show" Says Co-Star Reagan Gomez
Friday, Mar 26, 2010 1:10PM
Actress Reagan Gomez has revealed more details about Kanye West's upcoming cameo on "The Cleveland Show" television cartoon and said the emcee would be involved in a rap battle.
According to Gomez, Kanye will be involved in one of the episode's main story lines.
"[Kanye's character] has a girlfriend who's played by Taraji [P. Henson] and Cleveland [Jr.] is in love with his girlfriend," Gomez said in an interview. "So they're kind of at odds and at the end of the show they have a rap-off, a rap battle. Everybody thinks Kanye is gonna murder Cleveland Jr. 'cause he's the sensitive one in the family and he never really says too much, but Cleveland Jr. kinda put a whooping on that a**. You have to wait and see but it's really, really funny." (VIBE)
Ye's character is named "Kenny West."
Kanye West has kept a fairly low profile in recent months, but soon you'll be able to catch him -- or at least his animated alter ego -- in the May 2 episode of Fox's "Family Guy" spin-off "The Cleveland Show." You can see the first official image of West's guest spot in the new issue of EW, on stands today, or check it out right here in this post. In the episode, the rap megastar voices a 19-year-old local hero named, er, 'Kenny West,' who gets into a lopsided rhyme battle with the show's 'Cleveland Brown, Jr.' over the affections of a young woman who's voiced by Taraji P. Henson. (Entertainment Weekly)
The show's co-creator has also confirmed Ye's involvement on the series.
"We knew that Kanye was a 'Family Guy' fan," 'Cleveland Show' co-creator Rich Appel tells the Music Mix. "He's made reference to it on his website and stuff. In the writers' room, we just thought it would be great to have him as a character on the town. So we came up with the story. He really liked it and said, 'Sure!'" (EW Music Mix)
Ye reportedly clocked in his recording sessions last March.
Kanye capped off a week of work at FOX in Los Angeles Thursday (March 12) by sitting in on a table read of new series. spent three hours in the studio laying down his voice as not-so-mega-star rapper Kenny West. "Before we came to the table there was only one line he didn't love and he came up with another idea and in a completely modest, nice way said, 'Would you mind if I changed just this one line,'" executive producer Richard Appel said. "And our feeling was, how many raps have we written? One? And how many has he written? Be our guest!" (People)
Check out a trailer for "The Cleveland Show" down below: