‘Hakeem Lyon’ gives FOX59 an exclusive peek inside ‘Empire’

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 30, 2015)-- We're only two episodes into the second season of Empire and already fans are hooked. We know this season will be full of twists and turns with the Lyon family. But what does the youngest member of the family have to say about it?

We spoke exclusively with Bryshere Gray who plays Hakeem Lyon on the show. He hit the stage in Indianapolis to perform during halftime of the Circle City Classic.

He goes by the stage name "Yazz the Greatest" and his stardom that began on camera. It's now a  dream he's living in front of thousands of screaming fans.

"Now that Empire gave me the bigger platform now it's more big. Anywhere I go I'm known. So yea, I've been in music since I was young," said Gray.

Fans sang along to his hit single "Drip Drop." The 21-year-old says the music on the show unifies the audience--especially during those uncomfortable scenarios we often see Hakeem in with the ladies.

"Womanizing. My character in general."

Gray says although the show hits on controversial topics he's glad the creators and writers don't steer away from the drama many families face in real life.

"Empire is such an influential show speaking so many volumes of what people don't want to talk about. It's very inspirational so it relates to a lot of people, a lot of races."

And it turns so many people can relate to the crazy  onscreen family because of the bond they have off camera. And actress Taraji P. Henson who plays Hakeem's mother, Cookie Lyon, makes sure this young star stays on the right path in Hollywood.

"And particularly Yazz, Bryshere cause he's so young and so new to the industry and getting all this money, so I'm always (saying) what you spending your money on, you buying property, you have art and i'm checking on their mental health and I'm looking in their eyes to make sure nothings getting to them," said Henson.

And you can expect to see more of this mother's tough love this season along with all the other toppings that have us hooked on Empire.

"More drama. More music. The story line will be more impactful so stick around to season two."

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