Music is at the heart of the story, and it plays a big part. Empire was touted as the hip hop version of Dallas, and it’s already a better musical than Dallas. The music on the show isn’t the best thing in hip hop since NWA.
However, it’s better than a lot of today’s hip hop. This likely has a lot to do with Timbaland’s involvement in the series; he’s an executive producer.
Empire is a big deal. It has a brilliant cast, an interesting plot that never gets dull and genuinely good music. It’s an early contender for the year’s best series, and you owe it to yourself to watch it.