Some of hip-hop’s biggest names are teaming up with “The Simpsons” for what is sure to be an intriguing project. As Pitchfork reported, RZA, Snoop Dogg, and Common will be appearing in an hour-long episode of “The Simpsons.” But here’s where it gets interesting. The episode will be a hip-hop themed reimagining of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterwork, The Great Gatsby, amusingly titled “The Great Phatsby.” “Empire’s” Taraji P. Henson and Keegan-Michael Key will also appear in the episode with “Empire” music director Jim Beanz providing the soundtrack. Also of note, the hour-long episode will be a “Simpsons” first.
All three of the hip-hop legends have extensive acting and Hollywood experience. Common was recently in the Martin Luther King Jr. film Selma. He and John Legend shared an Oscar for Best Original Song for the track “Glory.” RZA has been in numerous films and TV shows and did the soundtrack for Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.” Snoop Dogg probably has the most film and TV credits as an actor. He and RZA were recently in The Lonely Island film “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” and who could forget the hilarious series Snoop did on Jimmy Kimmel Live! “Plizzanet Earth.” You can check out an episode below.