Empire: Xzibit has been promoted to a series regular for Season 3

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Empire fans can expect to see a lot more of Shyne Johnson in Season 3, as rapper-turned-actor Xzibit will be a series regular. Read on for more details.

Fans were introduced to Xzibit's character, Shyne Johnson, in the back half of Season 2. There are many famous people and artists that have appeared on Empire, so at first we thought that Xzibit's role would be a brief one. However it's now been reported that Xzibit will be a series regular in Season 3. Shyne Johnson ain't going anywhere baby! (Unless Lucious kills him.) Shyne came into the play in the Season 2 finale, when Lucious admits to Cookie that he did a job for gangsters Tommy and Rosie while she was in prison. The only other person who knows about the hit is Shyne, whom Lucious screwed over. With Tariq and the Feds sniffing around, Lucious and Cookie know that they need to cover their bases and get Shyne on their side. This entails giving him an invite to Hakeem's wedding, but Shyne shows up to the wedding drunk and causes a scene. Now Shyne didn't strike us as the brightest crayon in the box, but more of Shyne's identity is set to be revealed in Empire Season 3.

Empire Season 3 officially has a premiere date and is set to return to our screens September 21. Fans were left with a MAJOR cliffhanger, and we're dying to know whether it was Anika or Rhonda who fell over the balcony. Here at melty our money is on Anika being the one to survive, although we would prefer it to be Rhonda instead. Poor Andre and Rhonda have been through enough, and have really come a long way from the evil couple we met at the start of the series. However, Anika brings more drama to the storyline, especially now that she and Lucious are married. Cookie is not at all okay with Lucious' sham of a marriage to Boo Boo Kitty, and she's apparently completely done with him. Though we don't think that means they won't have any interaction in Season 3 (we are totally looking forward to Cookie's sassy comments and the shade she'll throw at Lucious!), but the attraction that was being rekindled between Cookie and Lucious is totally extinguished now. How do you think Xzibit's Shyne Johnson will shake things up next season?

Source: Twitter: @Xzibit