"Those who have experienced Paris have advantage over those who have not. We are the ones who have glimpsed a little bit of heaven, down here on earth." - Deirdre Kelly

Friday, March 06, 2015

EMPIRE ~ Paris Playlist #20

"Yeah, that's my name. Take a bite!" - Cookie Lyon

I'm not ashamed to admit it, I am completely enthralled by the primetime soap opera Empire - it's a quite delicious and most satisfying guilty pleasure. The best way to describe this show: it's Dynasty meets King Lear - steeped in Black flavor and spice. Empire is about the Lyon family, the hip-hop music company they own and run, and the drama (then some more drama) that ensues as each of them wrestles for control. But the best thing in this show is the family-matriarch - Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson). There are two words that perfectly describe Cookie: Ghetto-Fabulous! She steals the show in every scene she's in - love her! 

Another primary and essential character is the music itself. All of the actors are musically talented and the list of guest musician cameos read like a Who's Who in the music world: Gladys Knight, Courtney Love, Estelle, Rita Ora, Jennifer Hudson and Mary J. Blige - and the season's not yet half over! Timbaland is the show's co-writer and producer. And the music is good, SO good. The show's producers are dribbling out songs from the Season 1 soundtrack (you can find it here) but I'm going to wait 'til I can buy the completed album. 

In the meantime, here's a little taste - a song from Empire's premiere episode: "What is Love," sung by the the amazingly talented, incredibly beautiful, Veronika Bozeman (check out her Facebook page: That Girl V). 

"We were supposed to be an empire."

Vivre! Rire! Aimer!

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