‘Empire’ Casts Funkmaster Flex to Play Himself in Season 2

Hip hop drama starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson premieres Sept. 23 on Fox

attends Time Warner Cable Studios and Revolt Bring the Music Revolution event on February 1, 2014 in New York City.

Funkmaster Flex is about to meet the Lyon family, as the hip hop artist has booked a guest starring role to play himself on Fox’s “Empire,” TheWrap has learned.

Flex will show up in episode 8 of the show’s upcoming second season, and will be seen acting as the emcee for a rap battle between Hakeem Lyon (Bryshere Gray) and newcomer Freda Gatz (Bre-Z), who will be introduced in the Season 2 premiere.

The musician joins a long list of high profile guest stars who will make appearances on Season 2 of the Fox hit starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. Mariah Carey, Chris Rock, Marisa Tomei, Ludacris and Vivica A. Fox are just a few of the guest stars who had previously been announced for the new season.

Flex is best known for DJing New York’s Hot 97 radio station, where he created the station’s first hip hop show in 1992.

“Empire” returns to Fox on Sept. 23 at 9 p.m.