Bryshere Yazshawn "Yazz" Gray who uses the stage name Yazz The Greatest, is an American actor and rapper, best known for his role as Hakeem Lyon in the Fox primetime musical drama television series Empire. Since 2013, Gray has performed at a variety of music festivals in the Philadelphia area, including Jay Z’s Made in America Festival,The Roots' Picnic Festival, and Power 99FM's Powerhouse concert. He also has been the opening act for rappers such as Fabolous and 2 Chainz.
Gray began his first acting role as Hakeem Lyon on the Fox drama TV series Empire, with co-stars Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard, and Jussie Smollett. In March 2015, it was confirmed that both Smollett and Gray had been signed on with Columbia Records as solo acts.
At 16 years old,
Graydiscovered a passion for music after being injured playing football for his high school team and began to use his talent as a street performer to earn money and help his single mother afford their living expenses. His efforts eventually led to a partnership with manager Charlie Mack.