"Empire" Season 2 has been loaded with new music, drama and plenty of guest stars. Among the many cameos, several musicians have found their way into episodes, including Alicia Keys, Pitbull and Timbaland. Fans have been treated to lots of new music this season on Fox's hip-hop drama, and there is more to come when the show returns in March 2016.
Lenny Kravitz, Mariah Carey and Common are all rumored to appear in the second half of Season 2, but who else could be stopping by Lyon Dynasty or Empire to record new music or perform live with the cast? Here are 11 artists we'd like to see turn up when "Empire" returns:
1. 50 Cent
He's fired shots at the "Empire" on social media before and the show has even briefly fired back at him. It's fair to say that it would be very entertaining to see him and Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) on screen together. Both seasons of "Empire" have had many memorable on-screen fights and arguments, this could easily be one of the best if it ever happens.
Jamal (Jussie Smollet) got to perform with Skye Summers (Alicia Keys) this season, so it would only be fair to have Hakeem also sing alongside a powerful female musician like Rihanna. A duet between the two would be a must to listen to. Also with the re-emergence of Camilla (Naomi Campbell), who knows if Laura (Jamila Velazquez) will still be in the picture to make music with Hakeen, so he could need some more artists to collaborate with. Why not have have him "shine bright like a diamond"?
DMX is no stranger to acting, after having starred in movies like "Romeo Must Die," "Cradle To The Grave" and "Exit Wounds." While "Empire" doesn't have as much action as those films, the "Party Up (Up In Here)" rapper could play a character similar to himself and maybe write a song with Lucious (Terrence Howard), who's "Boom Boom Boom Boom" is sort of similar to a DMX track.
Drake is arguably the biggest rapper in the world right now, which could make for a great crossover and if he spends some time with hip-hop's on-screen royal family, the Lyons. Drake would fit in with either Jamal or Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) and possibly even Lucious as they both "Started From The Bottom."
5. Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj has been in the middle of a rap feud before, after having to deal with Meek Mill and Drake earlier this year. Maybe an artist as talented as Minaj can finally put an end to the feud between Lucious and Hakeem.
6. Missy Elliot
After many years away from music, Missy Elliot returned in 2015. A good way for her to push new music and show the world she's back could be to appear on Fox's hit musical drama. Perhaps the Lyons could "get their freak on" even more in part 2 of the sophomore season.
7. Fetty Wap
Fetty Wap is one of the fastest rising artists in hip-hop. It would be cool to see the "Trap Queen" singer play a new up and coming artist for the queen of "Empire" Cookie on her label Lyon Dynasty.
8. Miley Cyrus
"Empire" is a show filled with drama, which Miley Cyrus is no stranger to. Cyrus would fit right in on "Empire" on both a musical level and on the constant roller coaster ride of the stories that play out. Additionally, a Jamal-Cyrus duet would be fun to see.
9. Kanye West
Before the rapper runs for president in 2020, he should casually show up on an episode of "Empire." Kanye is already expected to crash the last season of Fox's "American Idol," so why not pop up on "Empire" to either work with the Lyons or interupt Lucious at the American Sound Awards.
Sometimes the Lyons could use a piece of humble pie, which could come courtesy of one of today's most successful pop stars. With Hakeem potentially taking over Empire, Cookie could use a new artist to headline her cookout concert. What better way to steal the thunder from Empire than by having an outdoor concert headlined by the Queen Bey?
If Beyoncé were to make an appearance, it would only be appropriate that her husband also make a cameo. Imagine Lucious (Terrence Howard) on stage with the "99 Problems" rapper?
"Empire" Season 2 returns to Fox on March 30, 2016, at 9 p.m. EDT