Jussie Smollett Talks New Music With Ne-Yo And Timbaland
By Monica Castillo. Is “Empire” the soundtrack to your summer? Can you hardly wait for new beats from the hit Fox drama? Fans will be thrilled to hear from “Empire” star Jussie Smollett, who plays the Lyon’s middle son Jamal on the show. Smollett revealed new details about the upcoming Season 2 tunes, and it’s all music to our ears. In a recent interview with The Wrap, the “Empire” star opened up about working with Ne-Yo and Timbaland.
Smollett says he’s been hard at work recording the soundtrack with the show’s special musical guests. In addition to Ne-Yo and Timbaland, Smollett said he’s also been collaborating with Swizz Beatz on the new songs to hopefully get “Drip Drop” out of everyone’s head. Smollett also dished he’s taken a personal interest in the music and has written a few tracks as well. He reached out to “Jim Beanz about ideas for new songs.” According to Smollett, the Season 2 music will be finished in the next couple of weeks.
He also said that his schedule is “all about ‘Empire’ recording now.” Let the artist work in peace! Before Season 2 even started production, Jussie Smollett got fans going with teasers about upcoming drama. With a new split-season structure, there’s a good chance the showrunners can make good on Smollet's promise to Essence Magazine (via People) that the star-studded second season would “make Season 1 look like ‘The Brady Bunch.’”
Although Jamal’s father, Lucious (Terrence Howard) has been confirmed by a showrunner to reappear on “Empire” still behind bars, don’t think that means the Lyon family is going to be any safer from his schemes. Cookie’s going to have new problems of her own with the Season 2 addition of Adam Rodriguez to the cast as a potential new love interest. As for Jamal, fans will have to wait and see what happens when he ascends Empire Records this fall. “Empire” will resume the Wednesday night throne of 9 p.m. EDT at Fox on Sept. 23.