Is Bryshere Gray Dead? Hakeem From Empire

Status: Alive

The rumor that Bryshere Gray is dead is constantly being shared on social media.  I receive at least five messages per week asking if Hakeem from Empire is dead.  The story is completely false.  The 22-year-old is alive and well.  He has been able to build a loyal fanbase very quickly thanks to the Fox hip-hop drama series.




Bryshere Y. Gray has a huge fanbase thanks to the foundation he built as Yazz the Greatest.  The actor became a rapper after suffering a football injury in high school.  He is a true role model, successfully escaping some of Philadelphia’s worst neighborhoods to become a successful entertainer.

Is Bryshere Gray Dead? Hakeem From Empire
Is Bryshere Gray Dead? Hakeem From Empire

Him and his younger sister were raised by a single mother.  The actor has shared his plans to buy his mother a house to thank her for all the love she provided.  That love is paying off everyday and it’s one of the reasons he isn’t dead.  When you’re a single parent raising a child in an urban area, it can be very difficult to make sure the child stays out of trouble.

Bryshere could have chosen the wrong path growing up in West Philadelphia but we’re glad he didn’t.  Similar to Hakeem, the character he plays on the series, Gray focused on his goal to become a successful rapper and refused to let anything stop him.  His hard work and tenacity has ensured that we’ll never forget his name!

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Bryshere Gray Twin Brother

The rumor that Bryshere Gray has a twin brother is discussed in this article.  The actor plays Hakeem Lyon on the Empire TV show.


False stories are constantly being shared about the Empire TV show and its cast members.  Bryshere Y. Gray has been the subject of multiple false reports.  First, there was the story about him being Jay-Z’s son.  The story is completely false, despite his amazing skills as a rapper he is not the son of Shawn Carter.




A few weeks after the rumor about him being Jay-Z’s son was introduced, a rumor about the actor dying was being shared on social media.  Many of his fans panicked but were happy to find out that the story was not true.  The latest rumor about “Yazz the Greatest” claims that the person in the following picture is his twin brother:

Bryshere Gray Twin Brother
Bryshere Gray Twin Brother

We definitely see why people would believe that they are twins but the rumor is false, Gray does not have any brothers.  The 22-year-old only has a younger sister.

The actor’s fans often wonder why he doesn’t respond to rumors that involve him.  Prior to Empire he was working at Pizza Hut.  While he was working at Pizza Hut he became an aspiring recording artist.  A false rumor about the talented entertainer doesn’t bother him because he has been through so many obstacles throughout his lifetime.  It’s difficult to take minor issues seriously when you have goals you’re focused on accomplishing.

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Who Plays Gram On Empire? Romeo Miller

Romeo Miller is the actor who plays Gram on Empire.  On episode 3 of season 3, “What Remains Is Bestial” we’ll see Gram and Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) compete for Tiana’s (Serayah McNeill) attention.  Now that Hakeem knows that Nessa is off limits, he’s trying to get back with Tiana.  Shine, Nessa’s older brother, is crazy so Hakeem will most likely leave her alone.




Romeo wasn’t originally selected to play Gram on the series, the casting team actually chose Kid Cudi to play the role.  Kid Cudi, whose real name is Scott Mescudi, was replaced by Miller after he decided to leave the show due to creative differences.  Cudi had already recorded scenes for the show’s third season but then decided that the series wasn’t for him.

Who Plays Gram On Empire? Lil Romeo Miller
Who Plays Gram On Empire? Lil Romeo Miller

Check out Tiana and Gram’s new hit “Love Long Time.” The rapper kisses Tiana at the end of the performance, upsetting Hakeem.  Despite the fact he was engaged to Laura Calleros, she left him at the altar so he came running back to Tiana.  Clearly, she has moved on!

When you land the opportunity to appear on the most popular show on television you have to follow any rules.  In the video below, Brooklyn rapper, Young M.A explains that she was offered Freda Gatz’s role on Empire.  The “Ooouuu” rapper reveals that she would have played Betty Barz on the series but she turned down the role:

Kid Cudi’s “creative differences” most likely involved the standards the series has in place.  While we think Young M.A made the right decision, we don’t think Kid Cudi did.  He is already an established artist therefore appearing on the series would only benefit his career.  Romeo Miller definitely made the right decision considering the fact that he has had more success as an actor than a rapper.

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Trai Byers Butt

Cookie and Lucious’ oldest son, Andre Lyon, is played by actor, Trai Byers.  The talented 33-year-old captivates viewers with his emotional performances.  We think Mr. Byers’ butt deserves some kudos too.  The actor is married to Grace Byers who plays Anika Calhoun on the series.  On episode 3 of the third season, “What Remains Is Bestial” Anika reminds Lucious that she’s doing him a favor.




Lucious has a woman under his desk, servicing him and Anika gets her revenge by having a delivery man service her under the same desk in Lucious’ office! Grace’s sex appeal is undeniable.  Her husband, Trai not Lucious, is also very sexy.  Andre finds himself in court in episode 3 of the third season.

Trai Byers Butt
Trai Byers Butt

In episode 2, “Sin That Amends” we see Andre run into some trouble with the police.  He’s moving his stuff out his old house when he is approached by two police officers.  He tries to explain that he lives there but the officers pin him to the pavement and point a gun at his head.  Andre is arrested and later we find out Tariq, Lucious’ brother is involved in the incident.

Trai Byers Butt
Trai Byers Butt

Tariq approaches Andre and tries to get him to turn on his father but Andre refuses.  Lucious has trained Andre to be loyal to him and Andre has never turned against his father.

Andre Lyon Butt
Andre Lyon Butt
Andre is constantly dealing with drama on the series.  In season 3 episode 4 “Cupid Kills” we’ll see Andre flirt with Nessa, Shine’s brother.  Shine has a horrible temper and ends up punching Andre in the face.  Hopefully we’ll get a rear view of Andre during the fight!

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Bow Wow On Empire

Was that Lil Bow Wow on Empire? No that was Master P’s son Lil Romeo aka Romeo Miller.  He plays Gram on the series, Tiana Brown’s new love interest.  On episode 3 of the show’s third season, “What Remains Is Bestial” Gram and Tiana perform their new hit “Love Long Time.” Hakeem still has love for Tiana so he decided to make a diss record aimed at Gram.




Hakeem’s diss record impresses his father, Lucious Lyon, who has called his sons out for being too soft.  Lucious takes his three sons to their old neighborhood in the episode to remind them that they are black.  We wish Bow Wow could have been in the van with Lucious and his sons because he needs a few reminders as well.

Bow Wow On Empire
Bow Wow On Empire

Bow Wow, whose real name is Shad Moss, recently stated that he wouldn’t appear on Empire because it’s filled with stereotypes about Black people.  The 29-year-old must have amnesia considering the fact that he’s appeared in numerous films that many would classify as stereotypical.

In 2011 the rapper played Byron in Madeas Big Happy Family.  Byron is an ex-drug dealer with a loud baby mama.  He is arrested for back child support because he doesn’t make enough money to afford all his bills.  We loved the rapper’s appearance in the film and we’re not sure why he all of a sudden, refuses to play “stereotypical” black characters.  That’s right, he’s not black.

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