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Empire – The Best Thing to Happen to Hip Hop since 2Pac

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Empire has without a doubt proven that it’s a smashing hit, with ratings getting better by the week. The music in season 1 was alright, and even at that level it was praised by the press, with only Jussie Smollett (plays Jamal on the show) being reasonably successful on the charts.

But season 2 has brought us some real hits, and no wonder when the executive music producer of Fox’s hit TV series is none other than Timbaland. We all knew that even if the show stinks we would still have some great tunes to move our bodies to.

In the last episode of Empire we had the opportunity to hear what might be the best piece of raw hip hop in the shows short history. The track is called Boom Boom Boom featuring Terrence Howard and Bre-Z, and it puts shame on all the rappers out there who should take a good long look in the mirror and ask themselves why aren’t they making such good quality tracks, with lyrics that “dig deep”.

The biggest surprise of the show must be Terrence Howard’s rapping skills, whose deep dark voice gives every song a special touch. Who would have thought that the actor could be so “gangsta”. But obviously, there are those in the show, like Jussie Smollett, who are far better musicians than Terrence. Of course, the man behind it all, Timbaland, is the one who made this all happen.

Below is our list of the 5 best songs featured in the show:

1. Yazz ft. Teana – Drip Drop

Episode: Dangerous Bonds, Season 1


This was the first song that showed promise that it could actually become a huge hit. If this was released by Pitbull, for example, it would have been last summer’s hit. “Drip drop, drip drippity drop” hooks you up good and it’s hard to get rid of that earworm.

2. Jussie Smollett – You’re So Beautiful

Episode: The Lyon’s Roar, Season 1

You probably knew that this was going to end up on the list and for more than one reason. It’s Jamal’s outing song, but it’s so much more as well – it’s an upbeat party starter than will have you bouncing “up-down, up-down, up-down”. Great song!

3. Jussie Smollett and Yazz – Ain’t About The Money

Episode: Poor Yorick, Season 2

This officially serves as the theme song for season 2 in which the theme truly seems to be power and how it affects people, with Cookie and Hakeem trying to set their own empire and regain power. On the other hand, in season one the main theme was money, so with this song we get a clear message – it’s not about the money anymore, it’s about the power!

4. Jussie Smollett and Pitbull – No Doubt About It

Episode: The Devils Are Here, Season 2

Do we even have to explain this one? You have Pitbull (who played himself in the show) and you have Timbaland as the producer, there is no way that it could have ended badly.

5. Terrence Howard feat Bre-Z – Boom Boom Boom 

Episode: True Love Never, Season 2

The most moving and powerful track in season 2, one that could only be compared to Jamal’s outing song, You’re So Beautiful. During the entire episode we see Lucious having flashbacks of his childhood – something that he had buried deep in order to save his mind. The track remained in the blur as long as Lucious wasn’t able to accept the images of his mother committing suicide. Boom Boom Boom complemented the episode perfectly and its lyrics told the story much better than any TV dialog ever could. Great, raw, and inspiring.