An angry Jamal believes that Hakeem set him up, and punches him in the stomach.The two later make amends after a duo performance during a concert hosted by Empire, after which Lucious informs his family that he has ALS.Hakeem hooks up with Valentina, (Becky G) -- the singer he has chosen to lead his girl group Mirage a Trois.With Jamal promising to bury his album, Hakeem leaks his music online and Jamal threatens to sue him sending Andre back to Empire.Hakeem then sleeps with Lucious' ex-fiance Anika Calhoun (Grace Gealey), and he and Andre team with her and his mother to obtain Empire for themselves.Andre tells Hakeem about Lucious' murder of their cousin Bunkie, and the two inform the police.
The brothers then get into a fight and Hakeem walks off set.
Once Lucious gives the company to Jamal, Andre and Hakeem plot to overthrow him.
Hakeem tries to sign to Billy Beretti's (Judd Nelson) company, but Jamal coerces Beretti into letting him out of his contract.
When both Empire and Lyon Dynasty are investigated by the FBI due to Vernon's recent disappearance, Hakeem once again questions if Lucious killed Bunkie.
To present a united front in public, Jamal and Hakeem team up to do a video shoot for "Ain't About The Money" during which Lucious tries to lure him back to Empire.