‘Luke Cage’ Short Highlights the Influence of Classic Hip-Hop & Rap on the Netflix Series

     August 31, 2016

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From the moment we got a decent look at Mike Colter in the role of Luke Cage in Jessica Jones, the prospect of a full series centered on the seemingly indestructible hero was about as exciting as anything on the TV or streaming horizon. When Netflix announced that each episode was named after a song by beloved New York rap duo Gang Starr, the Marvel series immediately won a permanent place in my heart, even before its September 30th release date.

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A new social media short, called “Street Level Hero Music,” one of a series that Netflix will be releasing this month, highlights not only the influence of Gang Starr but as well as all hip-hop and rap music on the series. Iconic MCs like Method Man and A$AP Ferg stump for the series while speaking with A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Ghostface Killah colleague Adrian Younge, who crafted the series’ soundtrack. There’s even a short discussion of how Luke Cage embodies the Wu-Tang Clan classic “Bring da Ruckus.” You can take a look at the short below, but I must warn you: it will not help your impatience for September 30th to arrive even one little bit.


Here’s the “Street Level Hero Music” short:

Here’s the official synopsis for Luke Cage:

After a sabotaged experiment leaves him with super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) becomes a fugitive trying to rebuild his life in modern day Harlem, New York City. But he is soon pulled out of the shadows and must fight a battle for the heart of his city – forcing him to confront a past he had tried to bury.

 

Mike Colter plays the charismatic lead character, Luke Cage and is joined by Mahershala Ali (Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes), Alfre Woodard (Mariah Dillard), Simone Missick (Misty Knight), Theo Rossi (Shades), Frank Whaley (Rafael Scarfe) and Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple). 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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