Tiana, disappointed in Hakeem's irresponsibility, discovers Hakeem and Camilla in the hot tub together.
Meanwhile, Hakeem fears Tiana will negatively retaliate, but the two later perform at the nominations.
As the two perform No Apologies, this becomes his first successful performance as an artist.
At the end of the episode, he hooks up with Tiana, who is pleased with his popularity.
Hakeem, still determined to shoot a music video for his album, is urged by Lucious to go to the studio to record new music.
By keeping him occupied with music, Lucious gives away Hakeem's concert tickets, forcing him to prove that he could be just as successful as rapper, Titan.
However, Lucious plans to rev up Hakeem's music career, requesting that he performs songs that he wrote for Hakeem.
When realizing that Lucious' material is unappealing, he confides in Jamal to increase his confidence in hopes of not trying to be like his father.Hakeem finds himself attracted to a new hip-hop/R&B singer and dancer, Tiana, who doesn't seem to care about his wealth, and she calls him "phony." Hakeem starts to prepare for a performance at Laviticus, but he doesn't have a back-up to perform with him.Hakeem, meanwhile, is devastated by the news of Bunkie's death.He and his mother have an estranged relationship; when Hakeem was a baby, Cookie was sent to jail for 17 years.Hakeem grew up in the spotlight because his father's rap career was just taking off as he was born.Meanwhile, Hakeem is teased by Andre, who jokes about Hakeem's potential of inheriting the Empire Entertainment label because of his close relationship with Lucious.