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There's more to the Fox music drama series Empire than hostility, according to TMZ, the wedding ceremony took place Thursday on Grand. Jussie Smollett, aka Jamal, Bryshere Gray, aka Hakeem, and others under the stars, and then got to ask the cast members questions. Or is Hakeem smashing his onscreen mama to smithereens? Or maybe Andre and Rhonda Lyon really are together. Hit the flizzip to see which.
That's what you see in Hakeem. He's a great musician, but he has a lot of flaws. He doesn't want to grind as hard for the things he really wants. He wants to be a boss so bad; he wants to be Jay Z and Kanyebut he doesn't want to work as hard for it. So that's his main flaw. Gray on the original concept for the series. Kanye, Justin Bieber's antics—not Justin Bieber himself but his antics, snapping out to the world, doing rants—Hakeem embodies hip-hop and situations that occur in the hip-hop industry.
You all get to see Chris Brown and you get to see the rappers and Jay Z, but you don't really get to see their lives. And that's what they're doing with Hakeem. They're going behind a wall that artists have up. Empire gives people a look at that other side, which is part of what made me want to be a part of the show. This was Gray's first acting gig. However, Diddy not agree with contractual obligations for the musical aspect of the series.
Gray then flew to Los Angeles where screen tested with Howard and Henson. He later sought formal training to prepare for the role. Like Hakeem, Daniels said "My son wouldn't know how to work right now, because I wanted him to have everything that I didn't have Gray revealed that he personally tried to avoid borrowing from the personalities of real life artists in his portrayal of Hakeem.
Because he's been handed everything, he doesn't feel like he has to work hard. Gray has said that his skills as a rapper gives his character " bravado. Hakeem can learn from his mistakes, but he has to make them first.
When asked who he modeled Hakeem after, Gray said "I packed rappers who are out today and tried to be honest. He's so spoiled, he's so rich. Yeth is a sweetheart. Much like his father, Hakeem is "moved by talent" and "he really is a mogul in a way that neither of his brothers are.
With their new success, Gray said "It's about if they're going to stick together through the new adventures in their life. Cookie's return only reminds Hakeem of how "very hurt" he is. She teaches him the things that Cookie couldn't. While he initially thinks their relationship is all fun and games, Hakeem starts to develop real feelings for her. However, when he realizes she might not feel the same way, it pushes his buttons.
Tiana will be back. While there is still some underlying flirtation, "it's almost a sibling relationship" according to show runner Ilene Chaiken. Online reported that Hakeem would pursue talented singer Laura, "professionally and personally" throughout season 2.
However, Laura is not interested in romance. However Hakeem and Anika end up having sex which is later shown that she is pregnant  Hakeem's relationship with Laura is on the line and he proposes to her but their wedding is ruined and she leaves him. Hakeem's daughter Bella is born and he struggles to be good father even though Luscious has to be the legal father for publicity.
Hakeem reconciles with Tiana and very soon she is pregnant with his child. They marry and their son Prince is born. Reception[ edit ] The character of Hakeem initially received mixed reactions from viewers and critics. Cummings gave a scathing review of the character. He doesn't have any redeemable qualities to speak of He may be fictional, but my disgust for him is very real.
Gennis described Hakeem as the "constant amidst the chaos" of the season. Dangerous Bonds Hakeem find out that Tiana was cheating on him. Hakeem and Tiana's relationship continues to evolve through their success as a celebrity couple, although Hakeem is unaware of Tiana's relationship with another girl. During filming of his music video, Hakeem's brother Andre and wife, Rhonda, discover Tiana's affair with India and posts it and friends discover it, leaving Hakeem enraged, he confronts her for cheating, only to be called out by Tiana for cheating on her with Camilla.
Hakeem, later on, refuses to work with Tiana, but he is convinced by Lucious to continue filming and reconcile with Tiana. The music video is completely filmed, but he is later confronted by Jamal for sending his friends to his studio to rob him. This causes Jamal to become very upset and the two get into a fight, leading to Jamal punching Hakeem in the stomach. It later leads into an altercation that forces Hakeem to call Andre, who set up the situation.
Out, Damned Spot Before dinner, Jamal tries to make up with Hakeem for getting into a fight with him. However it seems that Hakeem doesn't want to do that. At his apartment, Hakeem is staring at the pictures of Tiana and her girlfriend. Tiana tries to call him but he declines. He then goes to call Camilla but she doesn't pick up. Getting frustrated, Hakeem picks up a shisha tube.
Hakeem in the studio Later that night at Laviticus, a drunk Hakeem approaches Jamal to try to convince him to help him with his song. Cookie tells him both herself and Jamal would come to help, but he yells at her and say "I didn't invite you", while continuing to ask for Jamal for his help. The only thing Jamal is concerned about, though, is Hakeem's treatment of Cookie and he lets his little brother know that he's not going to stand for that type of disrespect anymore.
In the studio, Hakeem finds himself doing a new track called Can't Trust 'Em and his delivery on the first take isn't as fiery as it needs to be. After some pushing from Lucious, he gets more aggressive, taking his anger out at Cookie and Tiana, and significantly improves the track. In the conference room, Hakeem and Lucious are playing the track for Anika and she loves it. Jamal and Cookie comes into the room after hearing it in the halls and start blasting him about it. They tell him why does he hate women so much that he needs to make such a sexist song about them.
He tells them that he doesn't hate women, only the ones that did him wrong, referring to Cookie and Tiana. Our Dancing Days Hakeem and Camilla have dinner at his apartment, he gives her a necklace with his name on it, but Camilla is angry at him for not taking her out in public, and she wants to be treated like Tiana.
Hakeem agrees to let her come to his next performance, as a private investor on the VIP list, and promises her hell take her out in public next time. At the rehearsal Hakeem and Jamal argue about the how each other are performing, then Cookie tells them how hard Andre is working, trying to bring big time investors to Empire, for Lucious, and that she wanted them to come together, so it will benefit them both. Then Lucious walks in and says "Hakeem listen to your mother, very wise woman", then later Hakeem finds out Jamal's going to be a daddy, because Olivia left Lola in an elevator.
Lucious tells Hakeem and Jamal, that they are opening for the investors, not Elle, and tells them to stop their beef with each other, then Cookie tells them to shake hands, which they do and make up. Lucious brings his family, including Rhonda, to his house to reveal that he has ALS, because the symptoms are worsening, it may be fatal. While the family revels in his health concerns, Andre continues to focus on the IPO, leading to an altercation with Hakeem.
Hakeem says she acts like she runs the show and she forgot him while she was away. Hakeem also says she loves Jamal more than him. Lucious thanks him for his honesty. She says she just knows him better.
Lucious asks Hakeem if he can get to know his mama better. Hakeem says no and Cookie smacks his head. They agree to get back to work. She tells him to pull back off the beat and kisses him.
Hakeem lets Camilla listen to the song at his apartment, with her commenting about how Jamal was last in the song; with Hakeem explaining that how when they lats preformed at the showcase they fought, and he wanted Jamal to go last to make them even, and says not to refer to herself as mama anymore. She agrees and says she got him a fancy white dress for the white party.
Then Hakeem tells her that hes going to buy her a fancy white dress to go with it, so he could take her to the white party, so everyone can meet his new queen. Camilla tells him not to let Jamal go last and says the best goes last. He says it would make him feel good if once she favored him over Jamal. She says she has to talk to Jamal and Lucious and says he would be great going last.
Hakeem walks in with Camilla. Cookie sees them and asks to be introduced. Hakeem asks Cookie to be nice. Cookie says he needs to date a younger woman so he can give her grand babies. Jamal tells him that Hakeem is stupid.
Jamal suggests they do a chorus together. They hug it out. Lucious tells him to tuck in and learn. Later Lucious meets with Travie who tells him that labels are old and dying and he can release direct on the internet for more money.
Travie says his people will call him. He finishes his drink and Hakeem shows him out. Later Hakeem rants to Lucious about letting Andre run all over him, with Lucious explaining that he wants Hakeem to watch learn so when he runs Empire he'll know what to do; and to find Andre to get the money he has.
They see Andre who says he took all the cash and bought a Lamborghini. Hakeem says their dad is going to be mad. Andre goes nuts and they argue as the elevator shuts down. Hakeem and Jamal try to calm him down and agree to help. He sings the hook and Jamal sings with him. Andre is all sweaty and looks scary. The two of them start to sing then Hakeem join in. They all hug each other and Andre starts to come down a little.
He says his dad hurts them all and they forgive him. She says she has to make the best of this. Anika sees Cookie inside with Tiana. Hakeem says he knows his dad has done her wrong. Porsha and some of her lady thugs block Anika from going inside. They tell her that Anika was lying when she said Lucious wanted him fired. Tiana says she wants to get back with Hakeem if she comes back to Empire. Cookie says she should make the right decision for her career.
Then Tiana shows up and Jamal introduces her, Hakeem and Cookie. Hakeem takes over and sings then Tiana comes up and sings with them. Cookie sits at the piano with Lucious and they all sing as a family. In the end, she tore up the check, and told him that the moment she hears that he was dead, she would come back for Hakeem.
Lucious then reveals to Hakeem that Camilla was going to London.
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To get revenge, during a big Empire show with Snoop Dogg, Hakeem did a rap putting his father on blast: Lucious later told Cookie he overreacted and that she could still produce the concert, but became distracted when he found out that Hakeem was at a party with with Beretti because he wanted to join Creedmoore.
Then the two went to Hakeem's place and had sex, both simply doing it to get back at Lucious. Hakeem got a gold chain with a lion in the middle with wings, with Lucious saying "I should have never tried to control you, that was wrong, and i'm sorry about Camilla. So when your album drops, you'll have your own jet to tour, anywhere you want; and don't let me or anybody else ever try and control you again. Hakeem talks with Jamal, now with him being the successor of Empire, and tells him he wants to be in charge on how his album gets dropped, and what gigs he wants to do to per mote it, Jamal agrees to this, but believes his album should be pushed back at least 2 months, to make smart programming and that they will figure it out.
In the next scene, it is revealed that Anika and Hakeem are still speaking to one another. And Anika gets Hakeem into the notion of a hostile takeover to take over Empire, alongside Andre. While Hakeem gets his shape-up fixed, he manages to talk his mother, Cookie, into the hostile takeover too.
Then, Anika, Cookie, Hakeem and Andre all meet up to discuss what they plan on doing, but Cookie and Anika get into huge physical fight. But they do eventually get past the fighting and speak on how the hostile takeover is going to happen. They plan on getting him to buy into Empire through the signing of his grandson who wants to be a rapper. After the performance Lucious gets arrested for the murder of Bunkie, leaving Jamal to perform their song with Patti LaBelle as Lucious is being walked into the police car, passing Andre and Hakeem, who look at him with a grin; and later Hakeem with Anika, recording Power of The Empire.
The tension between Hakeem and Jamal is evident, and Hakeem angrily leaves and throws a childish outburst, tattling on his mother, when Jamal criticizes Hakeem's album artwork. Also with Hakeem's album Jamal tells Lucious that Hakeem is unable to focus or concentrate on it, despite Cookie trying her best; and that he doesn't like taking orders from him. At Empire, Cookie, Hakeem, Andre and Anika barge into a board of directors meeting, where Jamal is attempting to assuage them about the fact that a shareholder has purchased controlling interest in the company.
Hakeem and Cookie spill the beans about them wanting to control Empire, with Andre telling the board members that as they now own the controlling shares in Empire, they are removing Lucious from his position as CEO. Hakeem provokes Jamal, but tells him that it's just business, and not personal.
However, Jamal defers to Mimi, who swivels around in her chair. Mimi tells them that she met with Lucious this morning, and believes that Lucious is Empire as Empire is Lucious, and therefore, as she controls the shares, will not be removing Lucious as CEO. She tells that the company is nothing without Lucious, as Jamal switches the TV on, as Lucious, connected to the meeting via a live stream, laughs in his victory.
Cookie tells the family to go to Lucious' house while she try to deal with Frank Gathers.
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Hakeem sits with Jamal and Jamal says "I'm going to bury your album Hakeem, Its never going to see the light of day. Then Hakeem slams his hands on the table and yells "I deserve to be the king! Cookie enters Lucious' house and tells them that Lucious has dealt with Frank, even in jail.
Jamal, however, orders everyone out of his father's house, as they all conspired against him.
Rhonda and Andre leave, but Hakeem is hesitant, as the house isn't even Jamal's. Cookie tells Hakeem to go and that she'll deal with Jamal. Jamal, however, tells her to get out, which causes Cookie to slap him twice, with tears running down her face. As she leaves, Jamal shuts the door on her.
Hakeem is busy holding auditions for his girl group, where he meets Valentinaa Latin girl who shows that she can sing. However, she has no desire to be a part of a group. Andre crashes the auditions telling Hakeem off for holding auditions without asking them, but Hakeem states he doesn't have to ask permission.
Andre tries to talk to it with Cookie, telling her that Hakeem needs to record music as his album is locked to Empire. Cookie calls it the dumbest name ever, while Anika praises the concept.
Hakeem talks to Tiana about being part of the girl group that he's making, but she denies the offer. Jamal tells him that Hakeem is family, and tells him to remain at Empire. Hakeem agrees only if Jamal brings Andre and Cookie back, but Jamal wants to take baby steps.
Cookie steps out and notices Jamal and Hakeem in the car, but Jamal rolls the window up and orders the driver to drive off. Hakeem is in his bathtub with Valentina, where she tells him that she would be in his girl group if it was at Empire, since Empire is hip hop legendary.
Cookie wonders if that is legal, but Hakeem adds that he doesn't care. At Jamal's apartment, Jamal sings a song he dedicates to Hakeem. He asks Hakeem to come back to Empire, but Hakeem reveals that he doesn't want to. When Jamal inquires about the album, Hakeem tells him that he leaked it online, prompting Jamal to tell Hakeem that he will sue him.
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He tells Jamal that one day he will perform and outsell Madison Square Garden, and when he does so, he will hook Lucious and Jamal up with tickets. Cookie has managed to rent a bigger space from a Jewish company which will become the new headquarters and recording studio for Lyon Dynasty. As Hakeem joins her to clean up the place, they both hear Lucious' new song on the radio. Hakeem is surprised that his father was able to release a song from jail, and tells Cookie that Lucious will come for them.
As he leaves with Cookie, Valentina asks him to give her a shoutout for her Twitter. After performing a Bout 2 Blowhe sits down for an interview, where he talks to Sway about leaking his album online.
Sway asks him what Lucious thought about it, but as Hakeem hasn't spoken to him yet, Sway calls Lucious. Lucious, who is surprised at the news, simply tells Sway that Hakeem needs to grow up. When Sway asks if Hakeem could get the girl group on his show within the week, Cookie tells him no, but Hakeem promises him anyways. Over at their studio, Hakeem is struggling to have his girl group work. Cookie asks for them to redo the hook, but Hakeem does not appreciate his mother butting in, and wants her to trust him like how she would Jamal.
Valentina initially refuses to sing as Hakeem did not give her a shoutout, but after he calls her pretty she gives in. At Laviticus, Jamal is performing for the audience with Miami rapper Pitbull. Hakeem sings Dynastytalking about taking down the Empire, and refers to himself as the lion and his father as the cub. Hakeem's girl group argues, but later Cookie whips Valentina and the other two girls into shape, Hakeem strolls in and is amazed by his mother's ability to get them in shape, and asks where she learned this skill from, to which Cookie replies that she learned it in prison.
Everyone is there except Valentina, who is running late. Lucious walks in, telling Cookie that he's crashing her event as she did to him, but tells him that their event is cancelled since he bought out Apex Radio. He quickly tells Cookie and Hakeem that they shouldn't be surprised, since they know all about him.
Valentina then walks in. Hakeem apologizes for his father messing up her appearance on the radio, but Lucious tells him that he signed Valentina. Valentina apologizes to Hakeem as she goes up to perform solo. Lucious reminds Cookie that as Empire now controls the radio, it would make it much harder for Lyon Dynasty's songs to be played, and tells them that their company is done for. As Cookie walks out and Lucious calls Hakeem a "little baby lion cub", Hakeem then walks out with silence and anger while Lucious watches Valentina and laughs over his victory.
However, as Cookie tries to leave, the Feds arrive with a warrant to search the premises. Thirsty tells them that the entire ordeal won't be over until they find Vernon Turner and convince him not to testify. He also tells them, that for the sake of public image, they need to stop feuding and make it seem like that they're all in this together. At Hakeem's trailer, Lucious comes in with a beat he's made specifically for Hakeem and asks Hakeem to listen to it, which Hakeem refuses to listen to.
Later Hakeem listens to Lucious' beat and agrees that it's dope, but refuses to return to Empire and manage Valentina. Lucious tells him that he needs a resourceful label behind him, and that Cookie isn't reliable, as she hasn't been seen for half an hour. At the video shoot, the painter shows Lucious and Jamal the finished product. Lucious praises Jamal, which stirs an intense about of jealousy in Hakeem. Lucious calls Hakeem a mama's boy, which infuriates Hakeem.
Lucious tells Hakeem that he chose Jamal instead of him since Jamal doesn't need his mama to work. Hakeem takes a knife in anger and stabs the painting and demands they continue the shoot, a move that impresses Lucious.
While shooting, Jamal and Hakeem get into a fight. Jamal punches Hakeem in the face, at which point Hakeem trips Jamal to the floor.