Rapper Bryshere "Yazz" Gray dished on the upcoming second season of Fox's "Empire," teasing that fans will see a lot more fighting and backstabbing when the show returns Wednesday, Sept. 23. The 21-year-old, who plays Hakeem Lyon, revealed the cast has already filmed seven episodes and the show's "storyline is going to increase."
"The drama gets more impactful," Gray told Billboard. "The music is gonna get better and better. You're just gonna see brothers fighting for success." He continued, “This season, you can expect from Hakeem just to have music that's gonna evolve better than last season. You're gonna see him grow."
The actor also revealed "Empire" enlisted Ne-Yo and Swizz Beatz to help with the music that will be heard on Season 2. "It's great," Gray said. "It's a very dynamic team we have right now."
"Empire” showrunner Ilene Chaiken also dished on the new season telling reporters the new season will focus on "warring kingdoms," instead of everyone fighting over who will inherit Empire, the record label started by Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard).
“They’re people that love and hate one another all at once," Chaiken said in an interview with Reuters. "You’ll see as many moments where they have each other’s backs as they are stabbing each other in the back.”
"Empire" will pick up three months after Season 1's finale with Lucious in prison for Bunkie’s (Antoine McKay) death, and Jamal (Jussie Smollett) running the record label. Guest stars for Season 2 include Alicia Keys, Ludacris, Mariah Carey, Rev. Al Sharpton, Andre Leon Talley, Lenny Kravitiz, Kelly Rowland, Marisa Tomei and Chris Rock.
As previously reported, Rock was originally supposed to play an inmate who's a cannibal, but show creator Lee Daniels had to scale back the comedian's storyline because Fox wasn't onboard with it.