EXCLUSIVE: Listen to Jussie Smollett's Catchy New 'Empire' Track, 'Mama'
By Philiana Ng
Need a break from Black Friday madness? You’re in luck!
In next week’s episode of Empire, titled “What We May Be,” Jussie Smollett performs a catchy new track about Lyon matriarch, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), and ET has the exclusive premiere of the upbeat, pop-infused tune, “Mama.”
Empire executive producer Sanaa Hamrispoke to ET in October about utilizing superstar Mariah Carey, who played A-list songstress Kitty, as a catalyst to move Jamal in a positive direction musically.
“Kitty is one of Jamal’s favorite artists and Cookie is trying to get him out of, in her head, a little rut. When he sees the surprise of Kitty, we can see that he’s still not comfortable [performing], that his PTSD is serious,” Hamri said at the time. “Then he comes up with the idea about recording a song [with Kitty] and [he’s in] a recording studio, so it’s a comfortable, familiar environment and it’s almost like he’s taking baby steps towards it.”
Empire returns Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.