Find Out the Rapper Who Will Be Lucious Lyon's New Enemy on Empire

EMPIRE: Cast Pictured L-R: (Bottom Row) Bryshere Gray as Hakeem Lyon, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, Trai Byers as Andre Lyon (Middle Row) Grace Gealey as Anika, Kaitlin Doubleday as Rhonda Lyon (Back Row) Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon and Ta'Rhonda Jones as Porsha on EMPIRE Season 2 premiering Wednesday, September 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. (Photo: James Dimmock/Fox)

Find Out the Rapper Who Will Be Lucious Lyon's New Enemy on Empire

Another gangster-turned-mogul is about to shake things up.

Published February 25, 2016

The spring portion of Empire's second season is about to be even more juicy as actor/rapper Xzibit has signed on to serve as Lucious Lyon's new rival.

According to Deadline, Xzibit will play the role of music industry mogul Leslie "Shyne" Johnson, who, like Lucious, has a background in gangster life. His rags to riches story also parallels Lucious's as he managed artists, started record imprints and sold a few units as an artist himself. However, the roots of his success have always been drugs, guns and extortion. He feels excluded by the other media moguls, specifically Lucious, and wants his rightful place at the top.

Xzibit is no stranger to acting. He has also starred in major releases including Bad Lieutenant, Gridiron Gang and xXx: State of the Union, to name a few. 

The second season of Empire returns on March 30.

Check out Empire star Jussie Smollett speak on criticism he's received in the video below: is your No. 1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music. 

(Photo: James Dimmock/Fox)

Written by Moriba Cummings


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