Method Man & Ali Shaheed Muhammad Talk Luke Cage’s Full Clip Of Hip-Hop Music (Video)
Less than one month from today (September 30), the “Luke Cage” series will reach fans. Perhaps more than any other comic superhero in history, the character of “Luke Cage” is a product of the Hip-Hop Generation. The Marvel Studios series episodes all take their name from Gang Starr songs, and A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad and PRhyme’s Adrian Younge are responsible for the score.
In a new glimpse ahead to the Netflix series, Shaheed, Adrian, A$AP Ferg, Wu-Tang Clan’s Method Man, and music journalist-turned-showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker discuss the B-Boy behind the armor that is “Luke Cage.”
Method Man praises the show for its editing, using a song like 1993’s “Bring Da Ruckus” from Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), and points out how editing matches an action sequence with GZA’s closing verse, including “I provoke niggas to kick buckets.” “You can’t buy that right there; that’s dope!” Meth’ adds that “Luke Cage,” in comic form, has been an inspiration since he was a child. “Brothers like me been waitin’ for this since I was eight years old. Now, it’s here and I’m ecstatic.”
“From a musical perspective, Ali [Shaheed Muhammad] and I look at [‘Luke Cage’] as [though] we’re creating 13 albums. It’s 13 episodes, like 13 albums.” Ali adds, “It was really about that Hip-Hop foundation, and making sure the drums are as big as day.” Adrian, who has worked extensively with Ghostface Killah and RZA, said that the music he and Ali created is built in the vain of Wu and Tribe.
Actor Mike Colter, who plays the lead, believes that Hip-Hop music “creates the world” that his character lives in.
Coker confirms that “Soliloquy Of Chaos” and “Moment Of Truth” are two of the episode titles, taking their names from the music of Guru and DJ Premier. He says that the tempo of Hip-Hop, especially that tied to the show, matches the high-energy of the series’ action.
In the two-minute trailer, music by Nas and Wu-Tang is included. Faith Evans, Jidenna, and DJ D-Nice are among those who appear.