January 6th, 2010
03:53 PM ET
Contrary to reports that rapper Lil Wayne will be lending his voice to the son of God, a spokesperson for Adult Swim says that the rapper's character in a one-hour cartoon special with the working title “Return of Freaknik” is not Jesus Christ per se, but just a guy named Jesus.
The cartoon, which is being produced by fellow music maker T-Pain, is about a group of up-and-coming rappers who travel to Atlanta for a battle of the bands contest. (Freaknik was a 1990s gathering of students from historically black colleges, first in Atlanta, later in Florida.)
Lil Wayne, who is scheduled to be sentenced to prison in New York on February 9 as a result of gun charges, was brought into the Adult Swim mix by T-Pain, who has worked with Nick Weidenfeld, the head of program development for the network, in the past. (Adult Swim, like CNN, is part of Time Warner.)
A spokesperson for Adult Swim told CNN: “Lil Wayne’s character is still evolving. All we can say is that he is named Jesus and not Jesus Christ.”
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