Rapper Xzibit guest stars in ‘Empire’

Wednesday’s episode of “Empire” is called “The Truth Comes Out.” It features rapper Xzibit, who, by the way, has turned out to be a pretty good actor, too.

Xzibit (as Shyne Johnson): “An attack on me is an attack on each and every one of you.”

Alvin Nathaniel Joiner, better known by his rap alias Xzibit, is shaking things up on “Empire.”

Terrence Howard (as Lucious Lyon): “Shyne, just sign the thing.”

Xzibit (as Shyne Johnson): “Yeah, I’m not gonna do that. I mean, what kind of business man would I be without entertaining other offers?”

The rapper-turned TV-host, and now actor, plays Shyne Johnson, an aspiring music producer who first appeared at the end of Season 2.

Xzibit: “It was an amazing experience. And I was brought on as a series regular for season 3.”

Shyne, Lucious and Cookie, go way back.

Xzibit: “My character is definitely getting ready for war. He has a long history with the Lyon family.”

What kind of history? Well, we’re not really sure yet, except that Lucious and Shyne used to work together in the music biz.

Xzibit: “There’s a lot of mistrust there, and a lot of fireworks have happened to get to this point. We haven’t really defined what we are to each other yet, but there is some tension between the characters.”

Xzibit would love to share more, but…

Xzibit: “We are kept in the dark like everyone else, and I think it adds excitement to the show.”

He says all storylines are kept from the cast until the last possible minute.

Xzibit: “When we do table reads and everyone is reading the scripts together, it’s like, the reactions from the actual cast members as we read through the scripts is priceless. If it rocks the room there, I’m definitely sure it’s gonna rock on the screen.

We are, too! In the meantime…

Xzibit: “You just gotta stay tuned and brace yourself. It’s gonna be a ride.”

Catch all of Xzibit, Cookie, and Lucious’ drama when an all-new episodes of “Empire” air Wednesdays at 9 p.m. right here on 7.

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