With less than a month remaining before Netflix releases Luke Cage, the excitement is growing. The bullet-proof street-level superhero was last seen on Jessica Jones and will soon have his own show with him on the run in Harlem, detouring from the previous landscape of Hell’s Kitchen. With the titular character being in a predominantly African-American location the show will have a completely different vibe than the other Netflix/Marvel shows. In addition to the location and the diverse group of people, another change in the show will be the music and how it is incorporated in the show.
Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker has already promised that the show will be heavily influenced by music and will have a ’90s hip-hop vibe” with “a lot of different musical appearances.” The soundtrack is being produced by Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Young has produced the soundtrack for Black Dynamite as well as music for artists like Royce Da 5’9″, Bilal, as well as his own mixtape albums. Muhammad was the DJ for famed 80’s and 90’s hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest. Live performances during the show will be performed by Faith Evans, Raphael Saadiq, Charles Bradley, The Delfonics, Method Man, and Jidenna, The show will also have songs by Mahalia Jackson, Nina Simone, John Lee Hooker, and Wu-Tang Clan. Coker has already released the titles for each episode which are all named after songs by hip-hop group Gang Starr.
- Moment of Truth
- Code of the Streets
- Who’s Gonna Take the Weight?
- Step in the Arena
- Just to Get a Rep
- Suckas Need Bodyguards
- Blowin’ Up the Spot
- Take it Personal
- Now You’re Mine
- Soliloquy of Chaos
Recently Younge, Muhammed, A$AP Ferg, and Method Man sat with Coker and Luke Cage himself, Mike Colter to discuss the importance of hip-hop on Luke Cage’s soundtrack.
“We all came together and said we wanted to make something great. Not just for black people and minorities, just something great, that just happens to be based on our culture” – Coker
“Brothers like me have been waiting been waiting for it since I was 8 years old. And now it’s here and I’m ecstatic!” –Method Man
Luke Cage streams nationwide on Netflix September 30th.
Source: The Independent