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Killer Mike Is Set to Appear in an Episode of 'Ozark' Season 4: Exclusive

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Diwang Valdez

Killer Mike of Run the Jewels photographed on Sept. 2, 2020 at Chil Studios in Atlanta.

The Byrde family has faced countless murderous enemies and rivals over the first three seasons of the Netflix crime drama Ozark. But in the upcoming fourth and final season of the Jason Bateman/Laura Linney series, they'll have to contend with a famous "killer."

Billboard can exclusively reveal that Run the Jewels rapper Killer Mike has been cast in a cameo role of the award-winning show. In the episode, he'll run into Emmy-winner Julia Garner's always-on-the-make Ruth Langmore at her lowest point.

"I went from waiting to find out what happens next to being part of it ... I'm excited, " the inaugural honoree for the Billboard Change Maker Award at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards tells us of his jump into the drama.

The fourth and final Ozark season will feature 14 episodes split into two parts and is currently slated to wrap up the Byrde family's descent into the criminal underworld in the Lake of the Ozarks region of Osage Beach, Mo. At the time the final season was announced, star Bateman said in a statement, "A super-sized season means super-sized problems for the Byrdes. I'm excited to end with a bang(s)." At press time it was unknown what role Mike will play on the show.

Mike accepted his Change Maker Awards at the Octotber 2020s BBMAs from Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms at the APEX Museum of African-American History in his hometown."Kids out there that sing and dance: What you do is worthy," Mike said in his acceptance speech for the award honoring his musical and social-justice work.

"You are artists and your goal should be to express the very reality around you in the very most beautiful or ugliest of ways you see fit. Kids who run and dance and sing and jump and all that, all the things they tell you don't matter -- you matter more than you know."

Ozark is produced by MRC Television, a division of MRC. MRC and Penske Media are co-parent companies of Billboard.