How Luke Cage Uses Hip-Hop to Help Create a Harlem Hero

Mike Colter Marvel's Luke Cage

How Luke Cage Uses Hip-Hop to Help Create a Harlem Hero

Like many of us out there who love comic books just as much as we love hip-hop, having the first teaser for Marvel's next Netflix series Luke Cage begin with Ol' Dirty Bastard's "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" was a moment. Executive producer Cheo Hodari Coker, Mike Colter, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge of A Tribe Called Quest, A$AP Ferg and Method Man lend their commentary on how each episode is shaped by its score and musical influence. "It's 13 episodes, like 13 albums". The latest in Marvel's slate of Netflix series hits the streaming service September 30, but in the meantime, fans can check out how deeply hip-hop is ingrained in the show.

Hip hop is the voice of Luke Cage's society, so it only makes sense that the music of his upbringing would be part of his origin story.

There's still 30 long days we have to get through before the first series of Marvel's Luke Cage is finally unleashed on Netflix, and here to make that wait just a little bit tougher is the first clip.

Music is more than just a trivial detail in Luke Cage. "So if you really ran into Luke and then all of a sudden, boom, there's gonna be a beat". One interesting point Younge made is that, in looking at the music for each episode, he and Ali approached it like making 13 albums. Not just for black people or minorities, just something great, that just happens to be based on our culture. And he's not even trying to hide his excitement about this show.

"Brothers like me have been waiting for this since I was eight years old", he said.

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