Kanye’s definitely a character, but is a career in animation in the rap star’s future?
Grammy-winning hip-hop star Kanye West will voice a character named Kenny West, a small-time rapper, on an episode of The Family Guy spin-off, The Cleveland Show, scheduled to air in the Spring of 2010.
“We knew Kanye was a big ‘Family Guy’ fan because he invited [creator] Seth [MacFarlane] to his house a year or two ago,” says show executive producer Mike Henry, who also voices Cleveland Brown and other characters on the series. “And there was a mention on his blog when the spin-off was announced that he was excited about it. We knew he was a big fan and a lot of us are fans of his.”
Will Kanye become a regular on the upcoming FOX comedy?
“It was surprising to us that [he] was so into it that he came to the table [read], and wonderfully surprising how cool he was, how funny he was and how unassuming he was,” Mike told PEOPLE on Tuesday. “He’s just a great presence.”
“We just recorded him in the booth and he was fantastic,” fellow executive producer Richard Appel added. “Once he read it a couple times through, he just owned the character, which I guess isn’t hard since he was named Kenny West. He said he’d be glad to [be back.]. I said we could write him in to the next 21 episodes!”
The Cleveland Show debuts this Fall on FOX .