We reported in April on the hip-hop-meets-Western score for Netflix and Marvel’s upcoming “Luke Cage.” In a new video from Netflix, the show’s main composers, Adrian Younge (“Black Dynamite”) and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest), discussed the show’s deep hip-hop roots.
“Brothers like me been waiting for it since I was eight years old,” says Method Man while sitting alongside Younge, Muhammad and showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker (“Southland”). ”And now it’s here, and I’m ecstatic.” Earlier in the video, the Wu-Tang Clan luminary rejoiced while watching a show clip featuring the bulletproof Cage fighting a contingent of armed men to the sountrack of his group’s “Bring Da Ruckus.”
“It was really about that hip-hop foundation and making sure that those drums was just, like, big as day,” Muhammad says in the video, which was released yesterday (August 31).
“It’s like we’re creating 13 albums,” Younge explains. “There’s 13 episodes and it’s like 13 albums.” Honoring the show’s connection to New York City, creators named each of the 13 episodes after songs by seminal duo Gang Starr, which helped define the NYC sound.
“We all came together and said that we want to make something great,” Younge adds. “Not just for Black people or minorities, just something great that just happens to be based on our culture.”
“Luke Cage” premieres via Netflix on September 30.