WXTX Special Report: Living Empire

WXTX Special Report: Living Empire

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) - Empire the number one hit show on Fox54 is breaking all the rules, but what happens when you pull back the Empire curtain?

It's one of the biggest shows on television, and now in its second season, the hit show "Empire" is not losing any of its steam.

The show centers on a Hip Hop music and entertainment company, Empire Entertainment, and the drama among the members of the founders' family as they fight for control of the company.

The show was created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, and stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson.

But when it comes down to the music industry how real is the storyline for "Empire?"

According to local singing sensation Fuscia Lei, the show although off the cuff at times, depicts a lot of what's happening inside the music world today.

"Yeah, it's realistic and it's very realistic to the tee," Lei said.

Lei, who recently won the Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards singing competition and a recording artist, is a fan of the show and a bigger fan of the character "Cookie" played by actress Taraji P. Henson.

"She's a no hold-bar type of chick," Lei said. "She is straight to the point, she loves her kids, she's going to do whatever necessary to make sure that everyone is okay, including herself."

We caught up with Swisha Man Slim in Albany, GA. He's been rapping for 14 years and has collaborated with some of the biggest names in hip hop music.

He says the show Empire is not 100 percent authentic when compared to the real music industry.

"There are some realistic things in the show and there's that Hollywood kinda stuff going on but it's some stuff on there where I'm like 'yeah, yeah that does happen," Swisha Man Slim said.

Unfortunately, there is a dark side to the music industry – a sour note many recording artists and producers have had to endure.

"It's just like all of the other games, sports, all of that man," said rapper Ca$h Out. "Ups and downs. It's just a game that you have to get in and make it do what it do."

"It's definitely one of those roads to where if you're not careful and you're not watching where you are going you can go off track," Lei added.

Ray Baker, owner of Underground Soundz Entertainment in Columbus and a music producer, says there is nothing real about the show.

"As far as the business, some of that is true, that's any business but what they're promoting, the way they're putting it out there is not true, it's not true," Baker said.

For all you true Empire fans, you know that the road to success for the Lyon family wasn't easy.

The same holds true for Mario Meadows, owner of Platinum Sound Recording Studio in Albany, GA.

"I started doing music in my shed and now I own my own facility now," Meadows said.

Meadows, who is also a Hip Hop and R&B producer, has worked with his fair share of recording artists to date.

And while the music business can be shady, it's all about making the right connections.

"It's all about the relationships that you build and you got to promote, promote, promote," said entertainment executive Germaine Moody. "You need to be on YouTube, you need to be on Instagram, you need to be on Facebook. You need to be on everything."

That's because instant stardom can come easier for up-an-coming artist of today, unlike it was years ago.

"Now we have the internet," Baker said. "They did not have the internet then. We can take a full demo and record it in one week, 20 songs, we can upload it to the world in 5 minutes."

As for the world of "Empire" the Lyon clan shows no signs of slowing down.

Expect to see more family fights, underhanded deals and steamy love scenes as season two continues.

And join the conversation on social by using #LivingEmpire.

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