News: T.I. Brings Out His "Lil Homies" For New Cartoon Venture

Thursday, Aug 19, 2010 5:45PM

Written by Biz Jones

T.I. has announced plans to launch a new cartoon series called "Lil Homies" later this year.

The Southern rapper disclosed details surrounding the production with Sirius XM Satellite Radio host Angela Yee.

The rapper/actor confirmed to Shade 45 host Angela Yee that he's working on the series titled "Lil Homies." Speaking on the upcoming project he says that in addition to working behind the scenes, he may lend his vocals to provide voice over for the characters. "I'm actually working on a TV show as a producer...a cartoon...called Lil Homies. I may do like voice over...like a narrator. He also joked with Yee, telling her that she may be eligible for the project to play the voice of the "neighborhood freak." (Hip Hop Wired)

T.I. isn't the only rapper making moves into the animated realm. Earlier this year, singer T-Pain debuted his "Freaknik: The Musical" animated special on Cartoon Network.

"You can't do what you want to do, you can't be as silly as you want to be (and) people won't take you seriously in music," T-Pain said in an interview. "It was a gift...I always wanted to do a cartoon and I didn't know it would be this good...Some people are going to hate it, some people are going to think it's funny." (ABC News)

A slew of celebrities and entertainers lent their voices to the special.

The cartoon, rated TV-MA, follows students who are looking to resurrect the now-defunct street party, and T-Pain is the "party ghost." It also features Andy Samberg, Lil' Wayne, Bill Hader, Kelis, Snoop Dogg and George Clinton, among others. Lil Wayne voices the character Trap Jesus, who T-Pain describes as having "a Jesus-type aura to him." Samberg portrays a "frat boy" while Kelis plays the role of Tyra Banks, whose television show T-Pain's character appears on. (Seattle PI)

Last year, Soulja Boy Tell Em debuted an online cartoon series, "Soulja Boy Tell Em: The Animated Series."

"I always wanted to do a cartoon since I was younger," the Atlanta-bred MC said in a statement. "I am excited because I think that the subject matter will give my fans what they would expect from me." (XXL Mag)

No further details have been revealed as of now.

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