Chris “Ludacris” Bridges recently recorded a guest spot on Disney’s Doc McStuffins, as Get-Well Gus, a magical pegasus who delivers mail. The Atlanta rapper, who is more known today for being fast and/or furious, will make his Disney Channel debut on April 7. How did one of the most successful musicians of 2003 do? Subpar!
In the new episode, “Get-Well Gus Gets Well.” Ludacris’s character visits McStuffins after his right wing is broken. “Will I become Grounded Gus?” he asks in a flat tone.
Hardcore rappers going soft isn’t a new trend. Ice Cube created the blueprint, Ludacris is just following his lead. And, like Cube, Luda’s turn to family programming may have something to do with being the father of a 2-year-old girl with wife Eudoxie Mbouguiengue. He can’t let her listen to Chicken and Beer. He can’t show her 90 percent of 2 Fast 2 Furious (or the four sequels), so a stint on a show for preschoolers makes perfect sense.
Will Smith showed the world that rappers can be actors. Ludacris … well, he’s upstaged by a child physician who Band-Aids dolls. And no, he doesn’t have to do Academy Award-level work in a cartoon aimed it four-year-olds, but Ice Cube didn’t make Are We There Yet? because he wanted to explore the psyche of a frustrated father. These rappers-turned-actors made some stuff their kids might enjoy … but in Ludacris’s case, couldn’t he have put a little more heart into it?
“Get-Well Gus Gets Well” premieres on Friday, April 7, at 12 p.m. ET on Disney Channel.