West Coast rap veteran Xzibit is reportedly set to join the star-studded cast behind Fox’s hit “Empire” television series when it returns next month.
Details of X’s new role on the popular TV show surfaced online this week.
Xzibit will play Leslie “Shyne” Johnson, who is 100% wolf and 100% gangster. He has managed artists, started record imprints and even sold a few units here and there, but his bread and butter always has been — much to his years-long frustration — drugs, guns and extortion. Feeling shut out by the other heavy hitters in the music industry, he carries a big chip on his shoulder, especially for Lucious (Terrence Howard). (Deadline)
Recently, Chicago rap veteran Twista spoke to SOHH about auditioning for the hit series.
“I have actually auditioned for ‘Empire’ more than once,” Twista told SOHH. “I guess if the opportunity arises then I will be more than accepting [to appear on shows like ‘Empire.’]. “Television has tapped into people’s likes and dislikes and they are able to make programs more towards what people want. Plus the way we are all connected, I don’t think people I’ve had the opportunity to see some of the things that are being shown, gravitating towards it!” (SOHH)
Last month, “Empire” actress Taraji P. Henson reacted to her hit series coming back for a third season.
Buzz about the show returning for a third run surfaced across its Instagram page in mid-January.