'Empire' exclusives with Elizabeth Wagmeister from Variety

Elizabeth Wagmeister from the entertainment publication Variety is here, and she's covering everything 'Empire' for the magazine.

Each week, she's coming in to give us some exclusive details about the show. Here are some highlights:

1. Pitbull is guest starring.

2. Timbaland co-wrote and recorded a song with Bryshere Gray (who plays Hakeem) for this episode -- it's the first song that Timbaland sings on and the first song, on which Bryshere has a writing credit.

3. Lucious is out of jail -- that was the big reveal at the end of last week's episode -- and now that Cookie has started her own label, Lyon Dynasty, it's on!

4. Lucious wants to sign a new female rapper Freda, who is Chris Rock's character's daughter -- and if you recall from Episode 1, Lucious had Chris Rock killed in jail so it's a bit twisted.

5. We will get more backstory on Kelly Rowland's character. She plays Lucious' mother, and we see her in another flashback in this episode, which sheds a lot of light on Lucious and his own relationships with his sons years down the road.

6. I have more information Mariah Carey's guest role -- and it's not what you would expect! Also, everyone has been asking if Beyonce will guest star on Empire and I have the answer for the fans.

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