All Hail The “Empire”

What is Hip Hop culture? If you asked 10 people this question, there is a good chance you will get 10 different answers. What most people fail to realize is, that’s kind of the point. As a means of expression, its strength lies in its diversity. Fox takes the idea of Hip Hop and uses it as a vibrant backdrop for its latest drama “Empire”. What happens when a family builds something on their definition of hip hop, and more importantly what happens in an effort to keep what was earned?

Empire follows the story of an immensely popular Hip Hop record label of the same name. As a testament to its success, Empire is on the verge of becoming a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange. At the top of the company is Founder/CEO Luscious Lyon, played by the enigmatic Terrance Howard.  A role that will no doubt draw some comparisons to real life Hip Hop Moguls like Sean “P.Diddy” Combs and Sean “Jay-Z” Carter. Luscious practically has come from nothing and envisions Empire becoming public as the culmination of his entire legacy. A legacy that is threatened when he is diagnosed with ASL, and will died in the near future. If that wasn’t his only issue, he also has to deal with the release of his ex-wife from prison “Cookie” Lyon played by Taraji P. Henson.

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