Original Soundtrack from Season 1 – Empire Cast

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COUNTDOWN NOTE: Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 1 is the #9 Album of 2015. Sure, this pick is 100% contingent on whether or not you watch the TV series (which hasn’t shown the same fire or flair in Season 2 as it did in Season 1). But good music is there to be had on this album, especially from breakout star Jussie Smollett, who plays Jamal on the show.
Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 1 is the debut album derived from the music for the FOX series Empire.  The soundtrack was released on March 10, 2015.  There is a clear star in the making featured on some of these songs, but the rest is a bit bland, a stark contrast to the series itself.
The show, which just wrapped up its first season, has a King Lear concept, where three brothers fight to succeed their ailing father as head of his record company.  Along the way, two of the brothers make music featured on the show, and various guest artists have come on the show and made music with the brothers.  The music for the show is produced by famed music man Timbaland.
The songs that prominently feature members of the show are the ones that tend to shine through. Towards the end, songs become more about the guest artists, and these are overall weak efforts for the artists when compared to their normal repertoire.
The emergent star from the whole enterprise has to be Jussie Smollett, who plays Jamal on the show. His songs are the electric ones. His voice carries, both like a lion and like a soft butterfly.  He can be a star, if this show hasn’t already made him one, and pulling a double as an actor and a singer should be in his future.
Kicking off the standard and deluxe versions of the soundtrack is “Good Enough,” a croon from Smollett that is more than good enough.  The song is part of the lifeblood of the show, as it details Jamal’s struggle to escape from his oppressive father’s shadow.  This song is universal, and we all feel sometimes as if we’re not good enough. But if we could pump out a song like this, our mood would be instantly modified.
Other Smollett tracks rang with fire.  “No Apologies,” which featured Yazz (his brother Hakeem on the show), was brutal and honest.  “Keep Your Money” was another act of civil disobedience towards his father.  Every song with Smollett made the listener feel something real, feel some sort of connection.
Yazz, the other undisputed rising star of the show, somewhat made a mockery of hip-hop.  His songs seem to reach towards the depths of rap music, the pitfalls where music about real life and the struggle become music about drugs and butts.  “Drip Drop” carries this message, and does so in an entirely uneven way, leading to disappointment for the longest song on the soundtrack.
And speaking of length, that’s another real problem for this soundtrack.  Because all of the songs are featured in very short spurts in the shows, the songs on the soundtrack do the same.  Time and time again on the album, you’d be vibing to a song and then without any notice it would suddenly just end.  It’s understandable why the songs need to be so short for the show, but extending some of them independently wouldn’t hurt.
If you’re a fan of show (as I am), then even though you can see the flaws of the soundtrack, you still enjoy reminiscing about a season of excellent television.  But if you’re not a fan of the show, it may be hard to get much more enjoyment than Smollett’s croons on the soundtrack.
Best Song: “You’re So Beautiful” (feat. Jussie Smollett & Yazz) – Besides providing one of the most pivotal moments of the entire season, this song is also just flat-out catchy as hell.
Worst Song: “New York Raining” (feat. Charles Hamilton & Rita Ora) – Song has virtually no connection to the show, and it isn’t even good.
Rating: B-

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Black TV Shows, Top 10 Countdown

There was nothing like 90s black TV shows.  Many of the best black family TV shows of all time were 90s black TV shows.  With the drama that Bill Cosby has recently been dealing with it’s difficult to remember that he once starred in one the best black television shows of all time.

Empire is a successful black TV show.  No one seems to like labels these days but it is what it is! Kaitlin Doubleday is the show’s only white regular in the cast therefore Empire is a black TV show.  Many of us fail to consider just how rare black television shows are.  We should be grateful for Fox! In the 90s they brought us great shows like Martin, In Living Color and Living Single and most recently the network introduced us to the Lyons.

The 1990s featured a long list of amazing shows and reboots have been announced for many of them: The X-Files, The Powerpuff Girls, Coach, Full House, The Magic School Bus.  90s black TV shows have been left out as no reboots for any 90s black sitcoms have been announced.

While black family TV shows are rare, networks must understand that they are as enjoyable as other television shows.  The number of 90s black sitcoms peaked at 18 in 1997 before the dry period set in which has lasted to the present day.

Without further ado, lets celebrate black television with a list of the top 10 black TV shows of all time:

10. Family Matters

Family Matters
Family Matters

9. Good Times

Good Times
Good Times

8. Chappelle’s Show

Chappelle's Show
Chappelle’s Show

7. Sanford and Son

Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son

6. Living Single

Living Single
Living Single

5. The Jeffersons

The Jeffersons
The Jeffersons

4. The Wire

The Wire
The Wire

3. The Cosby Show

The Cosby Show
The Cosby Show

2. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

1. Martin

Martin Lawrence
Martin Lawrence

Best NBA Plays of 2015, Top 10 Countdown

To continue our series of Top 10 post, this article will provide the best NBA plays of 2015.  If there’s one person from Empire who would be interested in this NBA best plays of 2015 list it’s Lucious Lyon.  The former CEO of Empire had a basketball hoop in the conference room.

Lucious Lyon Basketball
Lucious Lyon Basketball
This NBA top plays list features all your favorite superstars from LeBron James to Stephen Curry.  No matter which team you prefer between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, we can all agree that the 2015 NBA Finals was on of the most excited NBA Finals’ series in a long time.
In our opinion, some of the top plays on this list could make a list that featured the NBA’s best dunks ever proving just how great the year has been for the league.  Along with some of the best dunks ever this NBA best plays list also reminds us how excited the 2015 NBA Playoffs were as a whole.  From James Harden and the Houston Rockets to Cleveland and Chicago’s unforgettable series, the league is back!
Without further ado, enjoy our NBA top plays of 2015 list:
10. Thomas Robinson
Thomas Robinson
Thomas Robinson
9. Jeff Green
Jeff Green
Jeff Green
8. Mike Scott
mike-scott
Mike Scott
7. James Harden
James Harden
James Harden
6. K.J. McDaniels
K.J. McDaniels
K.J. McDaniels
5. Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry
4. Derrick Williams
Derrick Williams
Derrick Williams

3. DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan
DeAndre Jordan
2. J.R. Smith
J.R. Smith
J.R. Smith
1. James Ennis
James Ennis
James Ennis