The Simpsons has got to be one of the best cartoons of all time (Kanye West voice). Thus far, the show has aired over 600 episodes and is the both longest-running American sitcom and American animated program ever. In 2009, it even surpassed Gunsmoke as the longest-running American scripted primetime television series, but somehow, someway, after 28 seasons, they’re still innovating. The Simpsons cast will now be delving into a topic and culture that they have never really tackled in depth: Hip-Hop.
This month, The Simpsons will be premiering an hour-long hip-hop themed special which will be the first continuously aired two-part episode in the history of the show. The show will be inspired by the Great Gatsby (and named “The Great Phatsy”) and will include the all-star lineup of Taraji P. Henson, Keegan-Michael Key, RZA, Common, and Snoop Dogg. It will also feature original music from Jim Beanz, writer and producer for Empire.
As shown in the sneak peek, Key will be the voice of washed up rapper “Jazzy James” who used to write rhymes for a rap mogul by the name of Jay G. According to the show’s executive producer, Matt Selman, the episode’s original idea unintentionally spiraled into greatness. In a previous interview he stated,
“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…we haven’t done a huge amount of stories in the world of hip-hop and rap culture, so we just went for it.”
The episode will be aired on January 15th. Check out the preview below.