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Empire Passes Mic to Funkmaster Flex for Season 2 Guest Spot

Empire is bringing in ‘da noise, bringing in ‘da funk — Funkmaster Flex, to be specific — for Season 2.

The hip-hop legend will appear as himself in Episode 8, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Flex, who’s held court as a DJ at New York’s Hot 97 since the early ’90s, will serve as the MC at a rap battle between Hakeem Lyon (Bryshere Gray) and up-and-comer Freda Gatz (newcomer Bre-Z), who makes her debut in the Season 2 premiere (Sept. 23, 9/8c on Fox).

TVLine broke the news of the Freda character — who was originally conceived as Betty Gathers — back in June. She’s described as “unapologetically butch,” and something of a hometown hero in her “Brownsville-Never-Ran-Never-Will, Brooklyn” neighborhood. The daughter of a terrifying drug kingpin (played by guest star Chris Rock), Freda is known for winning“more rhyme battles and girls’ hearts than the best male vets on her block” and for “deep fears that push her toward self-sabotage.”

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