Why Empire Core Artists

Artists we work with most.


Jimmy Lit is a NYC based DJ and producer. He is one of the founders of Why Empire and works in a broad spectrum of genres. Having produced/engineered for Taro, Dillon Cooper, Hak, and Mari, he's well-acquainted with the NYC Hip Hop scene. Keep your eyes peeled for his debut project coming at the end of this summer.



Taro is a NYC-based emcee with incredible lyrical skills. His first EP, First Born Son, was produced by Why Empire at our studio in LIC and executive produced by Why Empire's own Jimmy Lit. Since, Taro has continued to flourish, dropping singles with major NYC artists like Hak and Adrian Lau. Revered by emcees that know him, this respect stems from the combination of Taro's integrity and pure lyrical skill. 



Mari is a Chicago-born rapper, singer, and producer. A one-man show, Mari is a man of endless talents. Since moving to Harlem, Mari has broken into the NYC entertainment scene with stellar music production, powerful live-performances, acting in web series', and fostering an ever-growing online presence. Mari is the type of person whose pure passion for creativity brings out a smile from all of those around him. A strong individual creator and an even more powerful collaborator, we are very glad to know him.



Hak is a multimedia artist who grew up in the center of Harlem. Oozing creative spirit, Hak sings, raps, produces, paints, models, and photographs. During the summer of 2016, Why Empire produced Hak's debut solo album, titled JUNE.