Is Empire's Sexy New Duet Inspired by Chris Brown and Rihanna?
“My body’s like a weapon, it goes bang, bang, bang, bang, bang ”
Words from a fiery new Rihanna number? Nope, those are the first steamy lyrics off of the song “Keep It Movin,” produced by Timbaland and premiering on FOX’s Empire this Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET.
For this new number, Bryshere “Yazz” Gray, who plays troubled young rapper Hakeem, teams up with sultry singer Serayah McNeill, who stars as his love interest Tiana. Despite the comparisons fans have drawn, Gray says, their characters weren’t inspired by Chris Brown and Rihanna.
“I can see why people say that,” Gray tells PEOPLE, “but I don’t think the storyline really goes there. If that’s the case, every relationship would be Chris Brown and Rihanna or Jay Z and Beyonce. He’s just a spoiled young guy without any guidance, trying to learn how to be a man through his mistakes and the women that he deals with.”
As for the actual basis for his character, “It’s all me, all Yazz,” says Gray, who’s a rapper from Philadelphia in his own right. “I’m the only character on the show that [creator] Lee Daniels told to style themselves. So it’s all my own swag.”
Take an exclusive listen of the new song here, and tune in to Wednesday night’s show to see if you get the hip-hop comparison.
Empire returns Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 9 p.m. ET on FOX.