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10 Rappers That Might Have Inspired Lee Daniels' New Hip Hop Drama Series

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Lee Daniels and Danny Strong are bringing their dynamic team work to Fox TV.

Daniels and Strong first teamed up for The Butler and now they have created Empire, a series based on the world of hip-hop. Danny will use his pen skills to write the scripted drama show that will feature original and current music on rotation. This is Lee's TV directorial debut, but considering how well he directed his past films, the acting and storyline is bound to be incredible.

The network remains mum on who will star in this original series or when it'll air. But with a lot of music royalty having created their own empire, there's a lot of inspiration the director could have pulled from. Here's who we think inspired the new show.

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Jay Z

Jay Z

Why would anyone question Jay Z as a first choice. His successes are clearly written in his raps; not to mention he's living the American Dream. If anyone wanted to create a blueprint on creating a musical empire, all they need to do is start with Reasonable Doubt and stop at Magna Carter Holy Grail.



If Jay Z's at the top, Diddy opened the door welcoming him in. Besides being a subpar rapper--yeah we said it--Puff Daddy is the man behind some of music's greats (i.e. Biggie). He's started and is continuing the movement of clothing, liquor and brand development while still having a lucrative label. 



He's arguably one of the greatest lyricist of all time. Eminem entered a black dominated genre and got respect as a great. 

Kanye West

Kanye West

He's single handedly creating his own lane. Taking lessons from his predecessors, Kanye West has started a movement that not only encompasses music, but also high fashion.

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Hate him or love him, Mr. Feature knows how to make hits. His transformation from an actor to a top selling rapper is interesting enough to write a few seasons off of. 

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The world stopped when Outkast announce their reunion. While they are the less controversial out of this list, their number one hits and overall respect garners for a show in their honor. 

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How could a man so lyrically talented be pretty low on the totem pole of success. Unfortunately his story is the all too common one of a man that is a great and not reaping his rewards. A rapper's struggle could be the storyline and his life, success, and trials are the perfect fit for this. 

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Lauryn Hill

To be the only female to make one solo album-we're not counting her MTV Unplugged--and have the hip hop genre recognize you as one of the greatest to ever do it, is an impossible feat, yet Lauryn Hill did it effortlessly. 16 years since The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and we still put the entire album into rotation. I hear inspiration with her story.

Master P

Master P


While he's not exactly dominating the music scene right now, he put New Orleans on the map. He went from selling cd's out his trunk to a million dollar empire and helped pave the way for southern rappers. 

Birdman and Slim

Birdman and Slim

Now a days all we hear is Lil Wayne and YMCMB, but the people really running the show are Birdman and Slim. They started Cash Money and while they have become rather silent since their days on the scene, they are living comfortably while their brands continue to dominate the radio.


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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.


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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband, Gabe Solis, Dies After Battle With Cancer

Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.


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