Empire is a tv series that aired on January 7, 2015 in the USA with big names such as Snoop Dog, Courtney Love, Naomi Campbell, and a lot of other good artists and actors through each season.
The creators of the show Lee Daniels and Danny Strong are working alongside executor music producer Timberland for this tv show as well as few other writer on the show to help write some of the music.
Here’s some of the main actors in the show:
Terrence Howard who plays Lucious Lyon ( Prisoners, Hustle & Flow, Iron Man ), Trai Byers who play Andre Lyon ( Selma ,Americons ), Grace Gealey who plays Anika Calhoun, Kaitlin Doubleday who plays Rhonda Lyon ( Catch me if you can), Taraji P. Henson who plays cookie Lyon ( Karate Kid, Curious case of Benjamin Button ), Bryshere Y. Gray who plays Hakeem Lyon, in real life Bryshere goes under the stage name of Yazz. He writes some of his own songs and he’s a pretty good rapper. Then we have Jussie Smollett who plays Jamal Lyon ( Might ducks ) he also is releasing his own music, he’s got a good set of pipes on him. Check out both Yazz and Jussie on youtube, they are pretty good artists.
If your into music well this show is for you, it shows you the insights to the music industry and how some record labels work. Only difference is this record label Empire entertainment is a family business. Lucious Lyons was originally a hip hop drug dealer but thanks to his wife at the time Cookie Lyons for coming up with the idea behind Empire entertainment records it turned Lucious Lyons into a multi-millionaire while cookie went jail for something they both did but she took the blame, so Lucious would look after their 3 sons.
Now cookie is out and she wants her Empire back or at least a slice of the cake. Little does she know her ex-husband is re married, how will she react to this? Will she be able to get her company back or a slice of the cake? Her son’s Hakeem is a rap artists on the empire label who doesn’t even want to know his mother. Then you have Jamal who has come out of the closet but his father despises of him for being gay. His mother on the other hand loves that he is living the way he wanted to and being himself. Their other son Andre is part of the marketing / accounting side of the business on empire records.
Timberland, Jim Beanz and Fil Eisler who write the catchy songs keep us tuning in each week. All the artists that appear as well as Jussie and Jazz sing on the tracks that they are given.
I love this show not just because it about music and the music industry but because there’s never been a show like it. It’s great that it shows you into what happened or could happen in the industry, it’s a dog eat dog world out there. Got to make an impression to make it in the hard working business, doesn’t just happen overnight. It takes dedication and passion to become what we want and to have in life.
Any dream you want don’t let anyone hold you back, follow your dreams because at the end of the day we can do anything if we put our minds to it.
So check out Empire and fall in love with the music.