Snoop Dogg is working his magic on the big two-hour season finale of Empire on Wednesday night. But Snoop’s just the coda to what has already been a spectacular sonic jolt–no show in recent memory has dropped so many music moments into the cultural zeitgeist.
There are six below. Just add Snoop Dogg’s “Peaches and Cream” once it goes down in the finale, and Rita Ora’s “NY Raining” with Charles Hamilton, to make eight.
“Shake Down” — Mary J Blige and Terrence Howard
“You’re So Beautiful” — Jussie Smollett (This one busted out the show, established how important the music was to the storytelling. )
“No Apologies” — Jussie Smollett & Yazz
“Drop Drop” — Yazz featuring Serayah McNeill
“Remember the Music” — Jennifer Hudson
You Can’t Truss ‘Em” — Yazz