Empire Video: Jussie Smollett Shows Us How Jamal 'Got His Gay Back'

Allow Empire‘s Jussie Smollett a moment to sigh before he gets the party started.

In the following exclusive video, the breakout star of Fox’s hip-hop soap opera gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the making of his character Jamal’s new jam “Freedom.” He also takes the opportunity to note that the rest of the Lyon family needs an education on socially acceptable terminology (i.e. Jamal’s mother, Cookie, referencing Angela Bassett’s 1998 big-screen hit to discuss his sexual orientation).

“Freedom” has “more depth and substance than just a party song,” argues producer J.R. Rotem, referencing lyrics such as “can’t nobody tell me how to love.”

Can you feel the rush of what Smollett calls the the “George Michael-meets-Pharrell” vibe of Empire‘s latest jam?

Empire returns tonight at 9/8c on Fox.

Press PLAY above for a preview, then share your thoughts in the comments!

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  1. Jc says:

    So i really hope they end that terrible relationship he has with alician keys character (love alicia keys but the relationship is so fake and forced ugh). And also please dont ever brings back michael ever again he is so terrible and boring too. He needs someone interesting and i hope they find someone good for him soon. Jamal needs real love.

  2. Morgan says:

    He got his gay back, by sleeping with a chick. It’s the proverbial lesbian sleeps with a dude story line.
    I thought they would think outside the box and reveal that Alicia Keys was transgender or something. But, nah.

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