“Empire” stars Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard are switching things up on the next “Lip Sync Battle” by performing a duet in addition to their battle. And no song is more fitting than Three 6 Mafia’s “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp”
The rap song won the Best Original Song Oscar in 2006 after being written for “Hustle & Flow,” a drama starring both Henson and Howard, who was also nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of a Memphis pimp aspiring to become a hip-hop artist.
Spike TV release a sneak peek of their rendition on Monday following previews of Henson’s performance of Mary J. Blige’s “Just Fine,” and Howard’s take on The Commodores “Brick House.”
“Lip Sync Battle,” co-hosted by LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen, is produced by John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant, Casey Patterson, Jay Peterson and Rick Schwartz. Beth McCarthy-Miller of “Saturday Night Live” serves as director.
“Lip Sync Battle” airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on Spike.
Watch Henson and Howard’s performance above, and watch their solo lip sync acts below.