The late rapper Coolio will be in an upcoming episode of the Futurama reboot, which he recorded weeks before his death.
The Gangsta’s Paradise host, who died Wednesday at the age of 59, will reprise his role as Kwanzaa-bot, the subversive series’ Kwanzaa counterpart of its robot Santa and the Hanukkah zombie. According to series executive producer David X. Cohen, the rapper recorded both new music and original dialogue for the animated sci-fi comedy’s 2023 revival on Hulu.
“Coolio was one of my favorite guests,” Cohen told TMZ. “He was always super optimistic and really enjoyed recording Kwanzaa-bot as his character.”
Hulu officials did not immediately respond to the Times request for comment Friday.
Coolio and Cohen’s last session came a few weeks ago in anticipation of Hulu’s 20-episode revival of Futurama, according to Rolling Stone. The Fox TV show ended its original 10-season run in 2013.
The episode will conclude with a dedication to the Grammy Award-winning rapper to give him the show’s “best farewell,” and will feature music Coolio recorded and produced on location for the show, TMZ reported.
Coolio’s Christmassy character debuted in the 2001 Futurama episode A Tale of Two Santas and most recently appeared in the series’ 2010 Christmas special The Futurama Holiday Spectacular.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-09-30/coolio-futurama-kwannzaa-bot-revival-role Coolio recorded lines for ‘Futurama’ revival before death