In August it was rumoured that The Simpsons' writers were planning a special hour-long, hip-hop-themed episode titled "The Great Phatsby" (a homage to the famous novella). And, now, it's been announced that Snoop Dogg, RZA, and Common will appear and lend their voices in the episode.
"We wanted the Mt. Rushmore of rap, and we got it," Simpsons producer Dan Greaney told Entertainment Weekly. "They represent different moods and different aspects of the history of hip-hop."
The episode tips its cap to F. Scott Fitzgerald's Roaring '20s novel, revolving around the doomed friendship between Mr. Burns and a mysterious hip-hop mogul named Jay G.
The story, which is narrated by Homer instead of Nick Carroway, takes place at Burns' summer mansion in the Springfield Hamptons, and sees Jay G and Burns becoming friends.
But then Jay G sends Burns into bankruptcy and assumes command of the nuclear plan.
Simpsons executive producer Matt Selman explained: "It's a tale of greed, excess, betrayal, revenge, and ruthlessness. And there's a hilarious goose in it. The goose is really funny."
In my view, The Simpsons hasn't been 'very funny' in at least a decade, but here's hoping Matt Selman is not bullshitting about that goose.
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