[artist id="1998098"]T-Pain[/artist] has a cartoon on the way called "Freaknik: The Musical," but it's probably not for kids. The show, airing March 7 on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, will be an hour-long extravaganza detailing a group's quest to "successfully resurrect the spirit of Freaknik ... the biggest spring-break party known to man."
On Wednesday morning (February 24), T-Pain tweeted a trailer including castmembers like Rick Ross and Snoop Dogg discussing the show and remembering their experiences at the original Freaknik.
"Back in the '90s, Freaknik was Atlanta's version of the ultimate block party. It was Mardi Gras meets spring break, at your crazy cousin's bachelor party, and anything could happen," T-Pain said in a statement last month. "A decade later, I'm bringing it back for people like me, who didn't get to experience it the first time around. We've re-created Freaknik's vibe and energy with amazing animation, new music and an all-star cast of characters."
The Adult Swim cartoon has long been in the works, and T-Pain has recruited everyone from comedians Andy Samberg, Bill Hader and Charlie Murphy to musicians Cee-Lo, Big Boi and George Clinton to lend their voices to the show. Still, with all the good-time nostalgia flying around, some participants like Rick Ross had to be coaxed into joining the "Freaknik" cast.
"If it was for anybody else, I wouldn't even be part of a cartoon," Ross said. "But because of what Pain told me, he told me we're doing it uncut, we're doing it. It turned out to be fun, man, so it's me, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, the list goes on."
Others were more than happy to relive the glory.
"I was at the first Freaknik back when it first started in, like, the early '90s, when it was poppin'. ... I was a young rapper, selling CDs and tapes and posters," Snoop Dogg recalled with a smile.
Pain isn't the first hip-hop star to team up with Cartoon Network. In 2006, Outkast's Andre 3000 produced "Class of 3000," an animated series set in Atlanta's Westley School of Performing Arts. And Danger Mouse and MF Doom released an album and EP — 2005's The Mouse and the Mask and '06's Occult Hymn — that featured beats taken from Adult Swim programming (and more than a few cameos by Adult Swim stars).
"Freaknik: The Musical" premieres March 7 at 11:30 p.m. on Cartoon Network.