The rap Illuminati is taking over television sets this fall on “The Cleveland Show.” Kanye West and Nicki Minaj are among the hip-hop superstars who will lend their voices to the animated series.
West, who previously appeared on the show as rapper Kenny West, joins Minaj, will.i.am, Bruno Mars, and The Roots’ drummer ?uestlove in an episode about the secret society. Many of them will be playing themselves and contributing original music.
“We have a rap Illuminati episode that’s going to be happening,” revealed Mike Henry, who voices Cleveland on the show. “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.”
Executive producer Rich Appel added, “Cleveland inadvertently breaks into it and then it’s how he will either bring them down or they’ll bring him down. We have a couple of original songs with Kanye and will and Bruno, I mean, all of them, it was great.”
No air date has been announced for the episode, but the third season of “The Cleveland Show” kicks off September 25 on Fox.