According to Deadline Hollywood, Xzibit will play Leslie “Shyne” Johnson, a rough and tough industry insider who has a grudge against Lucious Lyon:
“[He] is 100% wolf and 100% gangster. He has managed artists, started record imprints and even sold a few units here and there, but his bread and butter always has been — much to his years-long frustration — drugs, guns and extortion. Feeling shut out by the other heavy hitters in the music industry, he carries a big chip on his shoulder, especially for Lucious (Terrence Howard).”
Citing sources, The Hollywood Reporter states that Xzibit’s role will be “a multi-episode arc,” but FOX has declined to comment.
Empire’s previous guest stars include Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, Ludacris and Vivica A. Fox, among others. The show’s second season returns on Wednesday, March 30 at 9:00 pm on FOX.