Jamaican god-level genius Lee “Scratch” Perry has been kind of an amazing cartoon character for decades now, but soon you'll be able too the “kind of” from that statement.
Cartoon Network has commissioned and is currently test-screening footage of a new show based on the Major Lazer project by Diplo and Switch (their funkier version of Gorillaz, if you will). And one of the main supporting characters will be an animated Lee “Scratch” Perry, voiced by the real-life Lee “Scratch” Perry, who floats guru-like giving typically gnomic advice.
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Major Lazer is a genre-bending production duo, made up of Diplo and Switch, who were first introduced after working with British singer/rapper M.I.A. They've released two projects together, their critically-acclaimed debut Guns Don't Kill People… Lazers Do, and their 2010 EP Lazers Never Die. Now, according to BuzzNet.com, the concept of Major Lazer is doing to Cartoon Network's Adult Swim as its own show.
“Basically Major Lazer is a one-armed Jamaican ex-commando and nightclub owner who battles the forces of darkness while making reggae-tinged booty-shaking jams,” said the site. “Now he's going to have his own cartoon show on Cartoon Network.”
Lee Scratch Perry (whose most recent album REVELATION is currently available through MVD Audio) will be one of the characters in the Adult Swim show created by Ferry Gouw, who did all the Major Lazer album art.
“That's one the most exciting things that have happened with the project,” Switch said of the show in an interview with Spinner.com last summer. “It stemmed from the 'Hold the Line' video where it was kind of like an old episode of 'He-Man' with a 'G.I. Joe' advert. And 'Adult Swim' approached us to see if we were interested in developing that. Me and Wes will not only have input into the cartoon, but we'll write the music for the soundtrack, which for us is, like, a pretty fun job. We're going to link them up with some of our friends in Jamaica to do some of the voices. It's pretty much an open platform and they're very open to us throwing ideas at them.
“And again, the whole point of the Major Lazer project was to expose what we like about Jamaican music and Jamaican culture, so if the cartoon gives us a bigger platform to do that, then we feel like we've accomplished something,” he continued.