Hip-hop’s storied obsession with the Illuminati is going further than the lyrics on Tupac’s posthumourous Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory or the imagery in Jay-Z’s “On To the Next One” video. It’s taking center stage on the Season 4 premiere of FOX’s The Cleveland Show.
TV Guide was given the first still from the episode, which can be seen above. After being jipped of a co-writing credit on the Kanye West hit, “Be-Cleve in Yourself,” Cleveland is introduced to the world of hip-hop’s secret society. The episode, titled “Menace II Secret Society,” also stars animated versions of Nicki Minaj, ?uestlove of the Roots, Bruno Mars and will.i.am as cloaked members of the secret rap sect headed by West.
“Cleveland inadvertently breaks into it and then it’s how he will either bring them down or they’ll bring him down,” the show’s executive producer Rich Appel told fans at Comic Con earlier this summer. “We have a couple of original songs with Kanye and will and Bruno, I mean, all of them, it was great.”
The episode airs Oct. 21 at 7:30/6:30c on FOX.