When I got wind that Marvel’s Luke Cage was going to have a hip-hop soundtrack and be scored by hip-hop producers, I was gassed. I was even more excited when I learned that the title of each episode was going to be named after a song by the classic hip-hop duo Gang Starr. What began as hip-hop variant cover homages last year has now translated into a dramatized love-letter. With the series taking place away from Hell’s Kitchen and firmly-planted in Harlem, it’s a much-needed change-in-scenery from a cultural perspective.
In the video below, you’ll find several of the musical supervisors of the series comment on the music’s impact on the show. Executive producer Cheo Hodari Coker, Mike Colter, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Adrian Younge, A$AP Ferg and Method Man all comment on how the music lends authenticity to this particular series.