This Week's 'Empire': Pregnancy, Pepsi & Battle Rap

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Guest star Bre-Z and Bryshere Gray in the “My Bad Parts” episode of "Empire" on, Nov. 18, 2015.

After a few early missteps, each episode of Empire season 2 has successfully ramped up the odds and the intrigue. On this week's episode, "My Bad Parts," we had an interesting mix of the music, the crazy and the corporate via a rather meta Pepsi ad campaign.

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In the music realm, we finally witnessed the showdown between Lucious Lyon's real son (Hakeem) and his musical protégé (Freda). Freda took Hakeem's pride down about a hundred notches with the diss track "Daddy's Little Girl," but the two were fairly evenly matched when they faced off in a heated rap battle.

While Freda's verses were much better than Hakeem's (he mostly bragged about being rich, something he did nothing to achieve), his natural, irresistible charm left him the winner of the battle. But seriously, Freda's line, "You wanna be the Queen or the Lyon, tell Cookie get the milk because the baby keep on crying" was just fire. One of the best shots fired in the entire series thus far.

Speaking of shots fired, Hakeem apparently impregnated Anika when he had sex with her after his kidnapping. She told him but he brushed her off in favor of his musical protégé Laura, which Anika responded to by… kidnapping Laura? We'll have to wait 'til next week to see how that pans out.

In a less crazy subplot, Pepsi named Jamal their "breakthrough artist" and he teamed up with them to deliver a commercial soundtracked by "Ready to Go," a surprisingly turnt song (courtesy Swizz Beatz IRL) from the usually somber singer-songwriter. Obviously, Pepsi teaming up with an Empire character means that in real life, Pepsi and Empire have teamed up for a promotional campaign that will span three episodes and include a commercial directed by Lee Daniels.

It's hard to tell where the fictional promos end and the real ones begin here, but as long as the music stays hot, it doesn't really matter. 


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