In the course of being checked out I observed to the young African American behind the counter, "Gee, that sounds so old school it could be on Empire."
She interrupted processing my purchases to toss me a look. "Are you saying this cut's that's playing is on an Empire soundtrack?"
"No, no. it just that whatever-this-is, has so copped that sound, from, like, 20 years ago or something, that it could be Empire. That whole picture the show makes of the music, the biz, the lingo, the bling, though not the shoes or the dresses of the female characters who aren't Cookie, the aspirations, are from at least 20 years ago, but nobody seems to notice that."
She says, "It's older than that! 1997, no wait, really, it's 1993."
Thoughtfully, she adds, "I was one then, in 1993. I like the sound and looks from then, though, maybe because it was my mom's music."
|We love Empire's Cookie!|
|We love Nashville's Rayna!|
|We love Treme's Desiree!|
|Empire big extended not-so happy family.|
|Anika, the bougie baby who thinks she can take Cookie's stuff.|
The writing for Empire's pilot was very, ahem, strong. So much got effortlessly established in terms of who everyone is, their relationships and the plot. None of the subsequent episodes so far have quite equalled the pilot, but they still exert that same effortless engagement on the part of the viewer.
For ye fans of olden, golden daze Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Danny Strong is one of creators and executive producers of Empire -- along with Lee Daniels. They have previously worked together on 2013's multiple-award nominated film, The Butler, set in the White House over the course of 8 presidents' administrations.