Most mainstream takes on Hip-Hop culture tend to end in pure struggle. Fortunately, Lee Daniels’ Empire is one of the rare exceptions.

Despite having its fair share of melodramatic, soap opera moments, the show actually entertained and stood out from the crop of newcomers last year, landing FOX a bonafide hit. Not just on the Nielsen ratings but on the music charts as well. All the credit and praises are due to Timbaland for supplying the beats and musical authenticity.

With Taraji P. Henson’s portrayal of Cookie Lyon introducing fans to a bevy of new catch phrases and fodder for weekly memes, Empire set social media timelines ablaze. As season two gets ready to premiere this Wednesday, September 23 at 9/8c, we thought it was the perfect time to look back on how well Empire reflected real-life in the rap game by highlighting 10 things the show taught us about the music industry.

Before diving headfirst into the new season, be sure to refresh your memory by catching up on all the previous episodes with XFINITY On Demand™. Don’t forget to set your X1 DVR™ from XFINITY®, which allows you to record up to six shows at once, so you won’t have to miss a single episode of “Empire” or any of your favorite shows.

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