Hakeem Lyon has got some stiff competition for season 3 of Empire. In honor of the launch of our annual 50 Scoops in 50 Days Fall TV preview series, EW has exclusively learned that musician/actor Scott Mescudi, aka Kid Cudi, is joining the show.
Mescudi (Entourage, James White), will recur as another rapper named Gram, an independent musician who is a rival to Hakeem (Bryshere “Yazz” Gray) both in the studio and in life. That competition extends to romance: Gram is dating Hakeem’s ex, Tiana (Serayah McNeill).
Season 2 of the series ended with Hakeem’s life in a bit of a spiral after his wedding to Laura (Jamila Velazquez) is called off.
Mescudi is also releasing an album this year called Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’.
Empire premieres Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. on Fox.
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