‘Empire’ Recruits Rapper Xzibit as New Rival for Lucious

Move over, Cookie! Lucious Lyon has a new competition on Empire.

Rapper and actor Xzibit has been tapped to guest-star on a hip-hop drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Xzibit (whose genuine name is Alvin Joiner) will play Leslie ‘Shyne’ Johnson, who is described as “100 percent wolf and 100 percent gangster.” He’s managed artists, started record imprints, and even sole a few units here and there, though his bread and butter has always been — most to his disappointment — drugs, guns and extortion. Feeling close out by a other heavy hitters in a song industry, he carries a large chip on his shoulder, quite for Lucious (Terrence Howard).

Xzibit joins an already considerable list of season-two guest stars that includes both musicians (Alicia Keys, Ludacris) and actors (Chris Rock, Rosie O’Donnell). 

After violation by with a 1996 swat manuscript At a Speed of Life, Xzibit has enjoyed hits such as “What U See Is What U Get” and “X” and has sole 2.76 million albums. Not prolonged after his low-pitched breakthrough, a rapper transitioned to a large shade with roles in 8 Mile, xXx: State of a Union and The X-Files: we Want to Believe. He also hosted and constructed MTV’s strike unscripted array Pimp My Ride, followed by new roles on Hawaii Five-0 and in Nat Geo’s SEAL Team Six movie. He is repped by Primary Wave and Don Buchwald Associates, Inc.

Sources say Xzibit’s purpose will be a multi-episode arc, though Fox declined to comment. There are no central sum accessible on how prolonged he will be on a uncover or when he will make his debut. (Empire was already renewed for deteriorate 3 in January, and filming is scarcely wrapped on deteriorate two.)

Although a initial half of Empire‘s second deteriorate had been filled with large names in both one-episode and repeated roles, co-creator Danny Strong told THR in Jan that a remaining 8 episodes of deteriorate dual are “going to be approach lighter on a luminary guest stars” as a concentration circles behind to a core family unit.

Empire returns with new episodes on Wednesday, Mar 30 during 9 p.m. on Fox.