Rhyme and Repeat

Empire soundtrack

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This spring, Empire flooded the music charts with its cabaret of hip-hop and rap. The musical acts are the work of hitmaker Timbaland, who worked closely with the immensely talented cast. If you are just tuning in now, here are five tracks to add to your summer rotation.

Keep Your Money
Taraji P. Henson’s character, Cookie, helps produce this R & B track as a first single for her on-screen son, Jamal (a.k.a. Jussie Smollett). With the sirens in the background, this song is a perfect for blaring on a road trip—just make sure you aren’t speeding.

You’re So Beautiful
This song is repeatedly riffed by the show’s different characters, but the best version is no doubt Jussie Smollett’s, which he uses to come out to his father. An instant mood booster.

Drip, Drop
This was arguably the show’s first breakout track. A rap-centric ballad by Hakeem (actor Yazz), the song showcased Empire’s potential to transition into the big leagues much like the young son of Lucius Lyon. Play this by the pool for the ultimate synergy.

Good Enough
The smoothness of Jussie Smollett’s voice is highlighted by this moody track, which premiered on Empire’s pilot episode.

Keep It Movin’
While Tiana Brown (a.k.a. actress Serayah McNeill) is not scheduled to make any more appearances next season, she certainly left a lasting impression thanks to this duet with her on-screen love interest Hakeem. Did someone say summer romance?