West Coast rap veteran Xzibit is reportedly going to receive some serious on-screen time when Fox’s “Empire” television show returns this fall.

According to reports, X’s “Shyne” character will play a key role in season three.

Empire showrunner Ilene Chaiken foreshadowed Xzibit’s status upgrade in an interview with TVLine last month, telling us Shyne will be “a central character” in Lucious’ Season 3 storyline. The EP, meanwhile, stressed to EW.com back in May that, “Shyne isn’t necessarily an adversary, although I think he could become an adversary. “Lucious has a long history with him — history that’s going to come back and bite Lucious for a lot of earlier slights,” she continued. “If you have a guy who’s not afraid to die, not afraid to go to prison, that’s a very dangerous adversary.” (TVLine)

On Thursday (June 16), the show’s Instagram page revealed its long-awaited sesaon three return date.

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In May, “Empire” show runner Ilene Chaiken spoke on the finale’s last scene between characters Rhonda and Anika.

“We always knew that it was Anika who pushed Rhonda. And we were aware how many viewers were dead certain that it was Anika who pushed Rhonda. But we did talk about whether it could be somebody else. There are certainly other characters in Empire who could have been culprits, given all the agendas and motives, and we could’ve done that just for the sake of defying audience expectations. [Laughs] But in the end, we wanted to tell the story we believed in and that we thought was the most earned, the most real and the most justifiable. And frankly, when you get deep into defying audience expectations, you can get all twisted up, sometimes to the point where it would have been less surprising if it were somebody other than Anika — as you suggested.” (TVLine)

Last month, actress/singer Mya informed SOHH about her interest in appearing on “Empire.”

“I would want to go on “Empire” and not play myself. I would want to go on there and play a role that is completely opposite of what people expect of me as a true actress,” Mya told SOHH. “So of course I would love that opportunity. It’s an awesome show and it has everything to do with business and entertainment in the game.” (SOHH)