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Kanye West to executively produce music for slavery drama

NEW ROLE: Kanye West

KANYE WEST will serve as the musical executive producer for an upcoming US television drama about slavery.

Underground is scheduled for release in spring of 2016 and has been co-created by former Heroes writer Joe Pokaski and Misha Green, who also co-wrote Heroes and Sons Of Anarchy.

West's involvement in the series was rumoured in February but has now been confirmed in a casting call for extras, which notes that the rapper has "recently agreed to executive produce the music behind the new TV series".

US cable network WGN America has ordered the show, which, according to the network, "follows a group of slaves who plan a daring escape from a Georgia plantation to cross 600 miles to freedom, aided along the way by a secret abolitionist couple running a station on the Underground Railroad".

The show's cast includes Law & Order: Special Victims Unit's Chris Meloni, former Friday Night Lights actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell and longtime Leverage star Aldis Hodge.

The topic of slavery formed the lead single from the rappers 2013 album, Yeezus in which he deconstructed the modern state of slavery in 21st century America in the song, New Slaves.

West’s musical contribution could be of a calibre to rival that FOX’s hit show Empire, whose original soundtrack earned a No.1 spot on the Billboard album chart, beating Madonna’s Rebel Heart.

With executive producer Timbaland at the helm, it features guest artists and the show’s cast, who all provide a collection of solid hits.

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