*Rap veteran Melle Mel is hosting a new hip hop-themed fitness show that will air on a local TV channel in New York.

The 49-year-old star – formerly known as Grandmaster Melle Mel – is convinced too many people have become “fat and lazy” and has vowed to help them change their lifestyle.

The program, titled “Grand Master Fitness with Melle Mel,” will offer tips on eating well and slimming down.

“The average American used to be a strong, respectable person. Now he’s fat and lazy and wondering when he’s going to get his next Big Mac,” he tells the New York Daily News. “We need a more fit image. It’s got to be done, and I’m going to do it…

“We’re going to mix it up. We’re going to go to different gyms, different playgrounds to see what people do to stay fit… Every episode isn’t going to be me and a bunch of people sweating to music. I want to make it fun, and show people how to eat right.”