According to his Instagram post revealing the news, Chance got involved thanks to his good friend and the voice of Simba, Donald “Childish Gambino” Glover. A die-hard fan of the original 1994 animated classic, Chance was brought on “as a consultant to keep the original flavor.” He was working behind the scenes over the course of a year when director Jon Favreau asked him to contribute in a bigger way.
“One day I’m there Jon asked me to do some singing stuff, another day he asks me to do some lines,” Chance writes. “It’s all a blur, but I’ll tell u its one of the best blurs of my whole life.”
He also shared a picture of the film’s end credits, revealing that his character is called “Bush Baby.” We’ll learn exactly what that part entails and where we’ll hear Chance the Rapper’s vocals when The Lion King officially opens next Friday, July 18th. The film’s soundtrack is due out tomorrow, July 11th.
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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
In more Lion King news, it was revealed late last night that Beyoncé, the voice of Nala, has curated a companion album called The Gift. She teased the July 18th release with her personal contribution to the collection, “Spirit”.