Nine-time Grammy Award winning singer Mary J Blige plays Angie on Fox’s hit drama Empire. Angie is a woman from Lucious Lyon’s past. During “a very important flashback scene,” Blige sings “Shake Down” with Lucious (Terrence Howard) at the piano. The song will be featured on the official soundtrack for season one. Like the other tracks, “Shake Down” will get stuck in your head.
“Shake Down” isn’t just ornamental here–the lyrics figure into the Empire story. Lucious sings, “Oh, how I wish I was by your side.” While Angie sings, “I want to be all you need, baby.” Lucious sings back, “And I want you to be my super woman.” The chorus is the part that’ll get stuck in your hand: “I’m robbing you for your love. It’s a shake down, shake down.” Who do you think Lucious is singing about? The season finale of Empire airs Wednesday, March 18 at 9pm on Fox.