Empire is a show about Lucious Lyon, he is the king of hip-hop; an extremely talented artist, the CEO of Empire Entertainment and a former street thug. His reign, which has never been challenged before, comes to a head when he discovers he has a crippling disease and will leave him incapacitated in only three years time. As the clock ticks, the music mogul must plan for the future and groom one of his three sons to take over his crowning achievement. While his three sons and ex-wife battle it out, his already fractured family looks far from being on the mend.