Empire shows Luscious Lyons in full paternalistic mode as the bossy and domineering father who is an out-and-out bully to boot. He wants to divide the wealth of his empire (so to say) between everyone except his sons who need the money desperately.
The hip hop mogul that Luscious happens to be is a full time job that has hardened his heart beyond recognition. He argues with his ex-wife Cookie regarding stuff. And then the bombshell drops.