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Empire Secrets Revealed: Creator Danny Strong Says Empire is Loosely Based on Jay Z's Life + Controversy around Monique, Wesley Snipes

Fox’s new show “Empire” is one of the most popular network televisions shows in 2015, we had the wonderful opportunity to have creator Danny Strong on Sway In The Morning to speak on the recent success and inspiration behind the show.

Starting with a breakdown of Sway’s cameo on “Empire” we hear great praise from Strong about his performance and the inspiration behind the scene.  Strong also reveals some interesting facts about his childhood and spending time with Quentin Tarantino in Manhattan.

Revealing the inspiration behind the lead character Lucious Lyon we hear how the different aspects of Jay Z’s life factored into the moves that Lucious makes in the show.  We also hear some controversial stories about Monique and Wesley Snipes, check out the full interview below and make sure to tune into FOX on Wednesday nights to stay up to date with the incredible story line of “Empire.”


Icon of hip-hop culture and a pivotal part of the MTV News team, Sway has been a staple of the music-news arena for more than a decade. From giving Eminem, Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac their very first radio airplay on his local show in the mid-’90s to providing television viewers with their first good look at some of today’s hottest celebrities in music, film, fashion and sports. Sway has been there for some of music and the world’s biggest moments.

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