By Miranda Johnson
Looks like a few of our favorite artists are giving up a little of the rapping and dancing for some lights, camera, and action. Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, ?uestlove, and Will.i.am are set to star on an episode of “The Cleveland Show” on Fox this fall. The all-star musical bunch will appear in the season premiere “Menace II Secret Society” on October 7.
Whisperings about this episode were first heard last summer when Mike Henry, who voices Cleveland on the show told reporters, “We have an episode where Kanye and will.i.am, playing himself, and Nicki Minaj, playing herself, and Bruno Mars, playing himself, and ?uestlove—they’re all part of the rap Illuminati, the secret group that controls pop culture.”
The series’ executive producer Rich Appel explained more about the episode’s plot stating, “Cleveland inadvertently breaks into it and then it’s how he will either bring them down or they’ll bring him down,” he said. “We have a couple of original songs with Kanye and Will and Bruno, I mean, all of them, it was great.”
Unlike the rest of the bunch, this is not Kanye’s first time appearing on the series. The rap star, who rocked out Atlantic City’s Revel Resort this past weekend has been featured on several episodes of “The Cleveland Show” playing the voice of an aspiring young rapper named Kenny West. In West’s past episodes he covers everything from battling over his attractive girlfriend to helping rescue a timid little girl from a well.