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. And to underscore that point, Netflix just released a short featurette detailing how New York hip-hop shapes every single episode of Marvel's Luke Cage.
"From a musical perspective, [music co-supervisor] Ali [Shaheed Muhammed] and I look at this as, we're creating 13 albums," says music co-supervisor Adrian Younge. "It's 13 episodes, like 13 albums."
Each episode is named after a different song by iconic East Coast hip-hop duo Gang Starr.
The soundtrack "creates the world for us," says star Mike Colter.
Younge — who has produced two collaborative albums with Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah — says that the series' score is inspired by that roughnecked rap collective, as well as jazzy hip-hop sophisticates A Tribe Called Quest and legendary composer Ennio Morricone.
The featurette is the first of a video series called "Street Level Hero" that explores how Luke Cage strives to reflect an authentic version of Luke Cage's Harlem.
Marvel's Luke Cage premieres Friday, Sept. 30 on Netflix.