'Luke Cage' Takes Us Behind Its Hip-Hop Soundtrack in New Featurette

Carla Harmon
August 31, 2016

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. And to underscore that point, Netflix just released a short featurette detailing how NY hip-hop shapes every single episode of Marvel's Luke Cage. It isn't just a greatest hits compilation, though, as the focus is more on making each episode it's own unique album, as Music Supervisor Adrian Younge explains. We have music that is inspired by A Tribe Called Quest but at the same time inspired by Wu, and Ennio Morricone, and we all came together and said that we all wanted to make something great.

Marvel's Luke Cage, which premieres globally on September 30, 2016 at 12:01am PT is the third show in the Defenders series to launch on Netflix.

One of the most interesting revelations in the video is Coker talking about how, aside from the cultural significance, the rhythm of hip-hop fits the show. "That's all it takes".

From the moment Luke Cage was introduced getting pelted with bullets and not getting hurt while Ol' Dirty Bastard's "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" played, it was clear that hip-hop would be a pivotal part of Netflix's upcoming Harlem, New York-set superhero series. Marvel's Luke Cage is Executive Produced by series Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker (SouthLAnd, Ray Donovan) and Jeph Loeb (Marvel's Daredevil, Marvel's Jessica Jones), who also serves as Marvel's Head of Television.

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