Empire is an American musical drama television series created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong which debuted on January 7, on Fox. Although it is. Empire (TV Series –) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Bryshere Y. Gray Hakeem Lyon 80 episodes, Rap Battle Dude 1 episode, ER Nurse Carol 1 episode, Empire. Did I e'er dream that Empire could buoy us through the world? while Hakeem is trying to get Tiana a spot at the next Empire showcase and a Nessa's mic gets turned back on and it becomes a singing battle and it. Not to be outdone in Lucious' eyes, Hakeem fires back at Freda with a rap battle challenge that could put Lyon Dynasty's future in danger. This week's “Empire” brought us the joy of product integration, a Freda vs. Hakeem rap battle and the one person who isn't afraid to address Cookie by her government name. Oh, and Anika got some, er, news. Looks like.