By Ariel Cherie. There’s no denying the music from Empire, Fox’s hit drama starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. Clearly, we love it so much, we were uber-excited when the music showed up on Spotify. But when the show has original music put together by super producer, Timbaland, what’s not to love? Show creator Lee Daniels and Timbaland talked with Rolling Stone about their vision for the music and what viewers can expect for the future.
Here’s what we learned: It turns out, Timbaland doesn’t do it all alone. He enlisted his protégé, Jim Beanz (and nine other people), to help create the show’s sound. Jim Beanz, Timbaland’s protege, is responsible for 90 percent of the show’s songs. Beanz is a musical talent who’s worked with all genres. “I do much more than just hip-hop and R&B,” he says. “I’ve done pop, I’ve done dancehall reggae, country, gospel. I’m absolutely capable and ready to do whatever is thrown my way.”
Here is the music to Empire’s Episode 8: The Lyon’s Roar, and once again Timbaland didn’t do any of the tracks, but Jim Beanz has credits on 4 tracks including his tune ‘War Of The Roses’, thanks to David Primer, check them out below and make sure to get the tracks on iTunes.
Episode 8: The Lyon's Roar
01 - Jim Beanz - War Of The Roses (Jim Beanz, Justin Bostwick) 02 - Terrence Howard - You're So Beautiful (Jim Beanz, Jussie Smollett, Terrence Howard) 03 - Jussie Smollett - You're So Beautiful (Jim Beanz, Jussie Smollett, Justin Bostwick) 04 - Jussie Smollett & Yazz - You're So Beautiful (Jim Beanz, Jussie Smollett, Justin Bostwick) 05 - Colton Fisher, Jason Rabinowitz, James Katalbas, Mansa Wakili, Kelli Wakili & Jaron Lamot - Jay Jazz Plus One (Instrumental)
Here is a new Timbaland tune, that he previewed on his Hang W/ app which could possibly be for his ‘Opera Noir’ album, check it out below, thanks to David Primer.
Timbaland - Untitled (Snippet) (February 25th) (15')
The singer-songwriter, who’s penned hits for Beyoncé, Tinashe, Trey Songz, and Jeezy, puts her sultry stamp on eight tracks Mixtape inspired by Drake’s ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’. Lyrica has been spending time with Drake himself in L.A. and a collaboration may be in the near future, check out the Mixtape below.
Lyrica Anderson - If You’re Remixing This It’s Too Late (2015)
- Legend (Remix)
- No Tellin' (Remix)
- Energy (Remix)
- 10 Bands (Remix)
- Know Yourself (Remix)
- Madonna (Remix)
- Preach (Remix)
- You & The 6 (Remix)
Total Size: 44.25MB
Here is an old Attitude interview by Inet6thestar, where he talks about how he started rapping and his earliest work, thanks to Trevor Banks.
TB: Who was the first emcee you looked up to and said "That's what I want to do"?
Attitude: It's a mix between LL Cool J & Run DMC. The first album I had though was 2 Live Crew. Me and my boi use to sneak that tape and listen to it . It was so nasty but so good.
TB: Growing up in the south, tell me about the struggle in the game?
Attitude: Coming from the south, especially Alabama in particular. There wasn't a whole lot of outlets for Hip Hop music in our area. There were no venues to be heard either. Now in 2006 , they're starting to play music from this area. Coming from Alabama you had to believe you could make it. I couldn't see myself doing Hip Hop if i didn't believe. There was no encouragement from anybody saying you could be a rapper, ballplayer, doctor ect..You have to have unity in a community in order to come up.
Tink has been performing in Chicago at North Clark St., Saturday February 21st with Timbaland on the stage where she also revealed that her first single will be called ‘Ratchet Commandment‘, and Timbaland also revealed , that her album title will be called ‘Think Tink’, check out her performance below starting from 3:22, thanks to Fubu, David Primer and Zakh.
Tink Performs ‘Ratchet Commandment’
Tink - Ratchet Commandment (Hang/W Rip) (14')