Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Empire's Bre-Z: Straight Outta Wilmington, Del.
I had no idea that Bre-Z from "Empire" is from Wilmington, Delaware -- my homie! (Click on the text below to read the article). Bre-Z didn’t come from the ghetto. She doesn’t have a violent past. But that didn’t stop the Philadelphia-by-way-of-Wilmington native from relating wholeheartedly to her new, eye-catching Empire character Freda Gatz, who catches the ear of Empire Records head Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard). Freda is a brash, butch battle rapper from Brooklyn’s dangerous Brownsville neighborhood, the daughter of the rose-delivering OG Frank Gatz, played by Chris Rock. With the cockiness of the offspring of an infamous gangster, Freda’s no BS attitude reflects her confidence in her music and her status on the streets. Her debut on the first episode of Empire’s second season sent waves through social media when viewers watched a petite, baby-faced girl rap with a deep, raspy, androgynous voice.