CHICAGO — Chance the Rapper revealed he voiced the character of “Bush Baby” in the upcoming live-action remake of The Lion King.
Chance told Instagram followers Wednesday that he was brought in as a consultant for the remake, because the original Lion King had such an impact on his music and life.
The rapper said one thing led to another, and eventually the movie’s director, Jonathan Favreau, had him reading lines as “Bush Baby.”
The Lion King, which also stars Beyoncé as the voice of Nala, premieres in theaters Friday, July 19.
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Here’s a short story. I grew up my whole life obsessed with all things related to #TheLionKing; like all three films, the Timon and Pumbaa tv show, the broadway play and especially the broadway soundtrack. Needless to say the original film was immensely impactful on my music and overall life. So when my big bro Donald got casted as Simba, he did the coolest thing ever and told director Jon Favreau to call me in as a consultant to keep the original flavor. So for about a year I would go to the LK studio and see early animations, scenes, music direction or assemblies and they’d always be out of this world amazing. One day I’m there Jon asked me to do some singing stuff, another day he asks me to do some lines. Its all a blur, but I’ll tell u its one of the best blurs of my whole life. I am so blessed to know people like Donald and Jon man. AMAZING FILM, AMAZING CAST AND AN AMAZING NIGGHT LAST NIGHT. GOD BLESS AND LONG LIVE THE KING