The Simpsons Mixing The Great Gatsby And Hip-Hop

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(Radio.com) The Simpsons will be going hour-long for the first time in its 28 years, and the episode will tie together F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby with hip-hop.

The hour-long episodes comes as part of The Simpsons' celebration for reaching 600 episodes (via EW). It wasn't meant to exceed the show's typical 30-minute running time, but thanks to a particularly exciting table read executive produce Matt Selman said they decided to "supersize it."

"The Great Phatsby" will detail a part of Mr. Burns' past when he befriended hip-hop mogul Jay G. Thanks to The Great Gatsby theme that pervades the episode, many are reading Jay G. as a wink toward titular character Jay Gatsby, but could he also have something to do with New York legend Jay Z?

Jay G "seduces Burns into the excesses of the hip-hop lifestyle," and the second part of the episode follows Burns as he teams up with the Simpsons, an "all-star team of rappers," and new character Praline (voiced by Empire's Taraji P. Henson) to get revenge. Keegan Michael Key voices one of the all-star rappers, Jazzy James, who was also betrayed by Jay G. 20 years ago and seeks payback. Read more here.

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