Apr 2012 10

IAA:  What is your music background?   

THE EMPIRE:  Our music background consists of hip-hop, dub step, punk rock, church, guitar, and trumpet.

IAA:  Why do you want to record and release your own music?

THE EMPIRE:  Music gives up the ability to express ourselves and be creative. Being able to record something you wrote and be present for the entire creation process is very satisfying.  The ability to record and release our own music makes us feel like artists in the truest sense.

IAA:  What are your songs about? 

THE EMPIRE:  Our songs are about life, class, victory, love, loss, freedom, and experience. We are an eclectic group of individuals with different views and experiences so that creates an opportunity to write about a wealth of circumstances. The songs are 1st 2nd and 3rd person accounts and perspectives. We just really try to capture a moment or emotions the same way a camera or video recorder would.

IAA:  Who is your fan base directed towards?

THE EMPIRE:  Our fan base consists of tech savvy young adults of all races. I understand the importance of targeted marketing but it can also keep your upward mobility limited, because to like The Empire is to have a certain edge, and open mind frame. It’s more mental and emotional than income based, or race based. Anyone who wants to vibe, have fun, and look good while doing it is who our music is geared towards.

IAA:  Who are your musical influences?

THE EMPIRE:  We are influenced by Gg Allen, Bad Brains, Dj Screw, Kanye, Rusko, John Cold Train, Tupac, Matser P, UGK, Jay-Z, Scarface, Kirk Franklin, the streets, life, the government, elitest, opressors, and the heart of women and children

IAA:  How would you describe your music?        

THE EMPIRE:  Power Music. Love….Energy….Life

IAA:  What makes you stand out from other artists?

THE EMPIRE:  We stand out because of our look, our approach, and our sound. Our content is all drastically different from other artists.  When you can’t fit in you should stand out. We are all unique artists who don’t fit any mold, and we are proud of that

IAA:  What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?

THE EMPIRE:  We are currently working on a mixtape and a short film to promote the sound.

IAA:  What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?        

THE EMPIRE:  Our career goals are to be working professionals providing entertainment to fans across the globe. In 10 years The Empire should be a household name

IAA:  How can your fans access your music and contact you?

THE EMPIRE:  www.reverbnation.com/tjthegreat

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  1. ML says:

    Wow! Me likey! We do believe that EMPIRE will be a household name in a few short ones! Good Luck!

  2. James johnson says:

    The Empire is my new favorite group!!

  3. Amanda says:

    Does anyone know where I can actually buy some music from The Empire?

  4. Coach says:

    Great job TJ! I knew you were multi-talented. Keep up the good work. Football anytime soon?

  5. Super Dave says:

    Big Money Texas!!! thats whats up!!

  6. Melinda says:


  7. Aubrey says:

    Good luck guys!!

  8. Candy says:


  9. Grizz says:

    let me hear somethin?

  10. Adam H. says:

    They look like they can go….but can they?


      Thank all of yal for checking us out we are currently working on a mixtape n album so look to download the mixtape by August ya dig yal stay 100 ” CHI TOWN “

  11. June July says:

    Saw them live before…great! lots of energy and not the “typical” rap act.

  12. 4 cyde 4 life says:


  13. yung black da general says:

    I met yall b4…cool people…1 luv

  14. Thalia says:

    the new underground kings!!

  15. White men CAN jump!! says:


  16. Mandy says:

    Bad Ass!

  17. lil steve says:

    Different, but it just might work….

  18. Diana says:

    Love the look!!!

  19. Burp Reynolds says:

    nice article….Release date???

  20. Toya says:

    great article!!

  21. Sandra says:


  22. Tony Toni Tone says:

    ha ha…he said kirk franklin

  23. Basketball wife says:

    Good luck with the music guys!!

  24. Eon Flux says:

    YAll need to be on the radio….

  25. Forever Free says:

    The journey is no longer measured by seasons

  26. Cute face slim waiste says:


  27. Dayana says:

    Great image! Cant wait for you guys to make it. Stay Focused!!

  28. African Beauty says:

    way 2 go guyz!!! and girl.!!!..lol

  29. blue eyed king says:


  30. french vanilla says:

    So yall are dropping in August??

  31. Love is NOT blind says:

    went to the site and heard the music…niice…

  32. Raymond says:

    Rock-n-roll thug

  33. Sent from my iPhone says:

    I dig…I dig

  34. Southside still holdin says:

    Southside still holdin

  35. Randy says:

    I keep hearing about these dudes…

  36. Ashley and Sarah says:

    We love you guys!!!!

    -ash and sarah

  37. KD23 says:

    hot shit!!

  38. 409 4 eva says:

    I see you putting BMT on the map!!

  39. young meechie says:

    do it for the hood boi!!

  40. Candice says:

    I remember you telling me about your music…I didnt know you were serious…congrats!

  41. Gonzo says:

    no crumb shit homie!! get ya bread i aint mad at chu

  42. God says:

    Hello Earthlings. This is God. The Empire rocks. If you disagree you will have to stand before me…That is all…

  43. gregg ostertagg says:


  44. Dreosha says:

    good luck!!

  45. Suzy says:

    I like it I love it!!

  46. Casey Gomez says:

    lions, tigers , bears…oh my!

  47. Ohio is for Lovers says:

    Big Money Texas!!

  48. ESP endzone says:

    First step to taking over the world pinky!!! (insert evil laugh)

  49. Sin Say says:

    Bewy Good Gwashopper….

  50. Eddie says:

    yo…gud shit…im a director..i can pop that short film off for you guys. email me at directoreddie@yahoo.com

  51. Lisa says:

    I told you…anytime you need a video girl…ha ha…im practicing my butt jumps in the mirror…ha ha ha

  52. Blasian Cajun says:

    sweet as monkey meat!

  53. ray says:

    I fux wit it

  54. Smarter than you says:

    The earth is not flat….

  55. Dr. Doom says:

    Down with pollution…in with the Empire

  56. edgar says:

    Rome wasnt built in a day…but i found my new favorite group in ten minutes

  57. Isha says:


  58. Rebecca says:

    Does awesome take cash or credit cards?

  59. Lil prez says:

    i burn bermuda kush to this shit….its bumpin g

  60. Range Rover Donor says:

    Shit bangs in the range…

  61. Where is Charlie Sheen? says:


  62. Karl says:

    Good look

  63. Cassandra says:


  64. Max says:

    Step 1

  65. C says:

    MDA all day!!!

  66. little Ceasar says:

    Pizza! Pizza!

  67. James Brown Skinny Pimp says:


  68. rock on an island says:

    somehow… it works…

  69. George says:

    good shit

  70. An old flame says:

    Good 2 c u doing well

  71. Hollywood hev says:


  72. Kellen says:

    Cool stuff

  73. Damon says:

    Good to see someone in Houston break the mold. I love the tradition but cats forgot to be original

  74. rave and rage says:


  75. Old white guy. says:

    Saw your article through reverb. Good luck Guys from a fellow artist.

  76. Cookie says:

    Great job guys

  77. Robert says:

    The best is yet to come

  78. Stacey says:


  79. She Michael Jackson badd says:

    im digging the sound

  80. Gloria says:

    You guys are interesting

  81. Freedom fighter #1 says:

    Get the mic out the box

  82. Raja says:

    Shine like the sun

  83. DB24 says:

    good shit bro….now go to practice!

  84. danger rat says:

    big cheese

  85. Ol yella says:

    bad azz yellow bone and i fux with the empire.

  86. not ur average white gurl says:

    great job guys…you rock!

  87. Waterloo says:


  88. gypsy hustle says:

    hustle hard baby…

  89. Lynwood block says:

    one time 4 ya mind

  90. Executive sweets says:

    Im loving the light!

  91. Arabian knight says:

    hella cool…

  92. Tee says:

    get money bruh….

  93. Ace says:

    yall look so hood..but oh so rock…make it pop..

    -young ace

  94. TJ says:

    thanx for the love…#empire…#indie up

  95. LArge Beauty says:

    Much love guys!!

  96. Gregg S. says:

    the band is whats up

  97. Carl R. says:

    go get it its out there !!

  98. Roger says:

    get right !

  99. the man in the yellow hat says:

    yellow hat fever!

  100. Karl Marx says:

    sounds good from here…#evilgenius

  101. chris says:

    we outchea!

  102. barny says:

    purple drank purple tie purple lapel purple label

  103. Sofia says:

    so much life and energy in the photo…worth a thousand words

  104. Snake says:

    I feel it

  105. Dennis says:

    bout damn time

  106. Stan says:


  107. Marge says:


  108. bianca says:

    totally dude!

  109. D. Long says:

    rep dat Golden Triangle….

  110. Doug says:

    Good Article brothers and sister

  111. Darnell says:

    Sent here by a friend…dont regret it

  112. Fishscale says:

    ANy videos?

  113. Coty says:

    we outchea!

  114. Dirty Muney says:

    Get paid yall

  115. Amber says:

    cant wait to see you guys on the 19. good luck!!!

  116. Reaghan says:


  117. Mario says:


  118. black quaterback123 says:

    i see yall shining…

  119. Raven says:

    looking good!!

  120. Sherry says:

    ok first off i like the picture. Second of all i like the article. It seems like you are already different from everybody else. now lets just hope the music is good

  121. Big Herm says:

    wyld shit

  122. Sabrina says:

    Hard work pays off

  123. ChArisma says:


  124. Hobby airport says:

    Checking y’all out from work. I heard good things now I see y’all getting out there. That band is the way to go

  125. Beth says:

    Long time no speak. Impressed !

  126. Robyn says:

    I think I’m in love….

  127. Maserati says:

    Real shit fam. M.a.f.i.a.

  128. Gary says:

    A friend text me this link. Seems interesting guys. Stay focused and good luck.

  129. Meaghan says:

    Warp speed!

  130. Trey says:

    The future sound

  131. Ashleigh k. says:

    I can’t find you guys online

  132. Somebody important says:

    The great

  133. Mexican radio says:

    Good shit

  134. raven says:

    I want my cd

  135. Will says:

    If you need pro recoding hit me up…713 242 4587 ask for will. I got the key to the city

  136. Yansy says:

    It’s all about the music

  137. i fux with the Empire thats whats up!! Check out my Article here too as well, Click my Name on this comment itll take u there,Show Love Get Love – Toofpick Will

  138. Robert f. says:

    Nice article. I think you guys are going to do well for yourselves. Don’t be like some of these other people who give up. If you want it go and grab it. I used to be in a band but no one seemed to care so we quit.

  139. Melissa says:


  140. High fashion model says:

    You guys can rip my runway anytime!!

  141. Regina says:

    Great! I will be in the house on the 19…kick ass!

  142. Tori says:

    Who knew…I always thought you were bulshit but I never gave it a chance. Checked it out. Good stuff. Only thing I can say is you probably need more different beats.

  143. Best Houston band says:

    What is this? A love fest? These guys suck! We are the hottest band in Houston. Empire sucks!

  144. Lorraine says:

    And yet you came to the page and wasted time from your life with hate. Don’t sweat that guys. If no one is hating you aren’t doing anything. You strike fear in losers with one article. Empire 4 life!

  145. LorraineS cousin says:

    What she said

  146. Xxx says:

    everybody has to start somewhere. Most people are too afraid to do what they love. I work 40 hours a week to feed my kids. If I could I would join a band. I hope u guys do well. I’m excited to hear the music.

  147. Ivanna says:

    Greetings from NYC! Thanks for sending the link to the article. You guys have what it takes to make it. Wishing you the best!

  148. Wesley says:

    who is that masked man?!? It’s funny because you don’t have a mask at all.

  149. Jessica says:

    We are Empire!!

  150. Cassandra says:

    the best is yet to come…

  151. Marvin says:

    Do it for the hood then!!

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