Just like Madonna, Beyoncé and Drake before him, Hakeem is going mononymous

The end of Episode 8 sees Hakeem boldly declaring via freestyle that he’s no longer a Lyon

“From here on out, I go by Hakeem,” he announces, right after smashing the lights out on part of a “Hakeem Lyon” sign during his freestyle with nemesis Freda Gatz

The episode opens with Lucious throwing a party for Freda, who performs “Shots Fired,” a dis track about Hakeem. This gets the young Lyon’s blood boiling, so he logs on to the Empire world’s equivalent of Periscope, promising a battle rap against young Freda. It’s time for him to prove his rapping chops Read more…

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‘Empire’ recap: Hakeem’s not a Lyon anymore