All around the internet, you’re sure to find recaps of Empire‘s second season premiere, which was intense in the best way possible (Chris Rock as a cannibal; Empire giving us actors in roles we never knew we wanted… what a time to be alive). But here at Uproxx, not only are you going to get a little bit of recap, but you’re going to get it from the perspective of the music. That’s right – new songs dropped, artist cameos, song placements – we’re here to point out the music-related aspects of the show that deserve attention because it is, after all, a show based on music. So, let’s get into it: “The Devils Are Here,” told through the music.
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Empire doesn’t shy away from commentary on real world issues. Case in point: “Born to Lose,” a song that critiques the American correctional system and the mistreatment of African-Americans by police officers. “Hands up, don’t shoot” and “No justice, no peace” are some of the lyrics of the song, with Sean Cross, Jamal and Hakeem performing to a group of people holding #FreeLucious signs. Similar to how the show handled Black Lives Matter last season, “The Devils Are Here” is explicit in its delivery. Sure, we may come for the drama, but let’s not forget the social impact of Empire, too.