In less than a year Fox’s TV show Empire, quickly electrified the landscape for urban television as a stand-out original drama amidst an endless sea of reality shows on most networks. However you feel about Empire, (with this show it only comes in 3 setting 1) you love it 2) you hate it 3) you love to hate it) it was a welcome breath of fresh-air to see Empire actually craft a compelling urban storyline with complex characters, an all-star cast to bring them to life, timely real-life controversial issues, and–most shockingly of all, a music soundtrack strong enough to stand on its own, with or without the show.
Created by Lee Daniels, Empire chronicles the fictional story of Lucious Lyon, a music mogul not to be toyed with portrayed by Terrence Howard, and how he and his ex-wife, the infamous Cookie Lyon, portrayed by OKP fav Taraji P. Henderson, brought their three sons and music “empire” to the top of the music industry food chain, and ruthlessly keep it that way- at all costs.
With Season 1 of the show having characters and guest appearances portrayed from a Who’s Who in entertainment spanning Naomi Campbell, Courtney Love, Jennifer Hudson, Snoop, Juicy J, Rita Ora, and Mary J. Blige, the anticipation is high for the launch of Series 2 which kicks off tomorrow night.
Not surprisingly, the internets have been all the buzz with spoilers about what we can expect with season 2, along with who we can expect to see in it. Along with the highly publicized addition of Vivica Fox to Empire as Cookie’s sister, it’s also been reported that we can expect to see Chris Rock, Lenny Kravitz, and AliciaKeys in Season 2.
Fox teamed up with Colombia Records to release two new songs for the Season 2 soundtrack which debuted earlier this month: “No Doubt About it” featuring Jussie Smollet (Jamal Lyon) and Pitbull, and “Ain’t About the Money” by the Lyon Brothers Jussie Smollet (Jamal Lyon) and Yaz (Hakeem Lyon).
Season 2 also introduces us to the new storyline of a gritty female emcee who’s character’s name is “Freda Gatz,” portrayed by none other than Bre-Z, a Philly native (by way of Delaware, Atlanta, and LA) who’s an MC and songwriter in real life with past collaborations under her belt with Dr. Dre, The Game, and JLO.
Okayplayer had a chance to get up with Bre-Z and learn about her big leap into acting, and what its been like working with Terrence, Taraji, and arguably one the most important music shows currently on prime time TV.
OKP: Were you watching Empire before you got involved with it?