I wasn’t sure that I was going to like Empire or any of its music at first. A trusted friend told me I had to watch this show. She and I almost always have the same taste in TV and music, so I figured I would give it a shot. Since I write about music, I thought getting a glimpse behind the scenes of the industry would be fun. I hadn’t watched a musically-oriented show since Instant Star.
Still, I was hesitant. I’m not big on today’s hip hop music. Once in a while I’ll find a gem, like Angel Haze or Saul Williams. For the most part, though, I feel like an old person. I’m constantly saying that hip hop isn’t what it used to be.
I’ll try anything once, though. I snuggled up with my laptop and started watching Empire.
I fell in love with the characters instantly. I really connected with Jamal, especially when I first heard “Good Enough.” Jussie Smollett’s vocals are rich and full of range. The lyrics are poignant and heartbreaking. I can’t say that every song on the show is as deep as “Good Enough,” but this song grabbed me and drew me further into the show. I’m pretty sure that it’s the strongest song on the soundtrack.
I burned through the first season, and now I’m eagerly awaiting the next season. I went to sleep last night with “Keep It Moving” and “Keep Your Money” stuck in my head—and it’s been over a week since I finished watching Empire. Just like back when I was a kid, Timbaland delivers hit after hit on this show. I even like “Drip Drop,” haha. I seriously can’t wait ’til the next season starts.
Have you seen Empire? What did you think of the show and the music?