Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


‘Futurama’ Producer: Coolio’s Voice Will Appear as Kwanzaa-bot in ‘Best Send-Off We Can’ Give

The musician recorded new music and dialogue as the animated character prior to his death on Wednesday at age 59

Before his death on Wednesday at age 59, Coolio had been plotting his grand return to the animated series Futurama with the revival of his recurring role as Kwanzaa-bot, recording both new music and original dialogue for the show.

The character, voiced by the rapper, last appeared in a 2010 holiday special, but series executive producer David X. Cohen has teased a posthumous release of the new material.

“Coolio was one of my favorite guests,” Cohen told TMZ. “He was always totally upbeat and genuinely enjoyed coming in to record as his character Kwanzaa-bot.” The pair’s last session together was only a few weeks ago in anticipation of Hulu’s 20-episode revival of Futurama, which last aired in 2013.

The episode will close with a dedication to the rapper and feature music he recorded for the show, including tracks Cohen says Coolio whipped up and produced on the spot.

Kwanzaa-bot rounded out the trio of holiday-themed characters that also included Santa Clause Robot and Hanukkah Zombie. In what Cohen described as “the best send-off we can” give, Coolio’s character will hand out his informative “What the Hell is Kwanzaa?” book one last time when the new slate of episodes airs next year.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like


Jim Stewart, co-founder of R&B label Stax and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, died on Monday, longtime staff Stax songwriter David Porter confirmed...


Nearly a week after a woman sued Ahmet Ertegun and Atlantic Records claiming the record executive sexually assaulted her over 30 years ago, a...


Out Friday, the 23-song record also features Don Toliver and the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard SZA’s sophomore album S.O.S. is so close you can...


Hamish Kilgour, a pioneering New Zealand musician and co-founder of the indie rock band the Clean, was found dead just over a week after...