This January, the longest running American sitcom will air its first hour long episode which will revolve around Mr. Burns befriending a hip-hop mogul by the name of Jay G.
The episode, entitled “The Great Phatsby,” will serve as an homage to the classic 1925 novel “The Great Gatsby” written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, according to FOX who revealed the plans for the episode at the TV Critics Association (TCA) Summer Press Tour.
The episode will serve as a cross promotion of sorts with another hit FOX show “Empire,” as it will guest star Taraji P. Henson (who plays the character ‘Cookie’ on Empire) and the Simpsons staff have also enlisted Jim Beanz (who produces music on Empire) to create original hip-hop tracks for the episode.
In addition to Henson, Keegan-Michael Key will guest star as the voice of Jazzy Jay, a rapper who has beef to settle with Jay G. said the show staff at the TCA Summer Press Tour.
“This was just going to be a regular episode, but the table read went so well, in a fit of passion and excitement and ambition and excess, we decided to supersize it,” said Matt Selman (Simpsons executive producer) in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. “And we haven’t done a huge amount of stories in the world of hip-hop and rap culture, so we just went for it.”
This isn’t the first foray for The Simpsons into the world of hip-hop. 50 Cent guest starred as himself in the 2005 episode “Pranksta Rap” and Ludacris also portrayed himself as “Ludacrest” in the 2007 episode “You Kent Always Say What You Want.”