She’s a professional and, you know, this is a long time coming.
- Jussie Smollett
Written by Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri & James “Big Jim” Wright.
3:35 Single Version with Jussie Smollett
ABOUT THE SONG
GK: What about outside the music, are you doing any more acting?
MC: I am. There's some other things on my horizon. Lee Daniels has promised me several roles soon and [sings] "I will hunt him down" if he doesn't.
GK: Maybe we'll see you on "Empire"?
MC: I wanted to give them a song. I thought one of these songs could be good really good for Cookie or Luscious. I have a song that I wrote with Big Jim [Wright] and Jermaine [Dupri] and I think it could be really right for the show. But Lee wants me to do a character, that's what he says. But we'll see what he does with next season.
Los Angeles Times “Mariah Carey, at home in Las Vegas, explains it all: 'This is just the beginning’” by Gerrick D. Kennedy, May 14, 2015
Empire fans have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Mariah Carey on the Fox series. Co-creator Lee Daniels, a good friend of Carey’s, has been teasing her involvement in the series since the beginning. Well the pop star finally makes her debut next week as Kitty, and EW has the exclusive premiere of “Infamous,” the track Carey recorded with the cast and Jussie Smollett, who plays Jamal.
Carey’s character is a huge singer — obvs — who comes to help Jamal get his confidence back in the studio. Smollett, an unabashed Carey fan, says it was incredible working with the star. “It was great,” Smollett told EW on the Chicago set of Empire. “She’s a sweetheart. She’s a professional and, you know, this is a long time coming.”
Entertainment Weekly, September 28, 2016 - “Empire: Mariah Carey, Jussie Smollett, cast perform Listen” Tim Stack
2016 Released as a single from Empire.
2017 Included on the Empire: Original Soundtrack Season 3 compilation.