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Empire: Jussie Smollett sings Like My Daddy: Exclusive premiere

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All is not well in the Lyon’s den on this week’s episode of Empire.

Just after Hakeem turned on Lucious to take control of Empire Records in the midseason premiere, it appears as if Jamal, too, might soon reach his limit with the Lyon patriarch. In “Like My Daddy,” premiering exclusively on EW, Jamal (Jussie Smollett) takes shots at Lucious in a song unlike we’ve ever heard from the normally soft-spoken singer. 

With biting lines like, “It’s hard to love the devil, he’s a hater,” and, “You sing of loyalty, but you the snitchin’ ass bitch,” it’s clear that Jamal has had enough of Lucious’ machinations. On the show, Jamal’s songs are usually more polished and uplifting, but “Like My Daddy” is a clear departure from that norm. Smollett shifts from singing to almost screaming over a distorted piano and percussion synth, erupting in gunshots during the chorus. Listen to it below.

In other Empire soundtrack news, the network also released “Look But Don’t Touch,” a solo venture from Serayah McNeill as Tiana. The sleek pop song was produced by Jim Beanz, and as McNeill previously told EW, the track gave her “a little taste of being on tour and going solo. … It’s so catchy; I feel like the fans will love it.”

Both songs will appear on “A Rose By Any Other Name,” airing Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. ET on Fox.

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