Luke Cage is coming to Netflix. The black man from Harlem with impenetrable skin is getting his own show after a successful debut in the first season of Jessica Jones, and that’s pretty cool. What’s even better is that the show will bring hip hop to the Marvel Universe, as every episode of the first season will be named after a Gang Starr song. Turns out showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker is a former writer for Vibe and as such, understands the deep importance of music and wants to inject it into Cage’s world.
“I’m calling episodes songs. They are all musical. Each episode is named after a Gang Starr song,” Coker said during the show’s TCA panel. “For me, the reason for that was because I liken binge-watching to what used to happen back in the day when a record would come out, and if Prince released Lovesexy or Sign o’ the Times, I would shut everything down and listen to the entire record, and the only time that we do that nowadays is with these shows.”
Luke Cage is already my favorite show thanks to that alone. What else do you have for us, Mr. Coker?
“It wasn’t as much about bringing the world’s together as it was talking about something that was already there. Hip Hop fans are obsessed and they’re geeks about Hip Hop. Comic book fans are also geeks, and when you can meld the two then you open the world up to I think communities that will just take to each other.”
I’m sold. Give Luke Cage all the Emmys.
The trailer features “Shimmy Shimmy Ya,” Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad are composing the score, and artists will guest star as performers at the show’s fictional club, Paradise. Jadakiss, Faith Evans, and Raphael Saadiq are the only names Coker’s letting out of the bag right now, but he promises a few more surprises.
As someone who considers himself both a comic book geek and a hip hop geek, this is — no pun intended — music to my ears. Anytime you can incorporate Wu-Tang and Gang Starr in what you’re doing, I’m hooked. Mike Colter, the guy who plays Luke Cage, takes it a step further by saying he understands the character so much, he knows what music he’d be listening to during action scenes.
“I had all these sequences with Luke running with music, some stuff we could clear, some stuff that couldn’t make it. I always in my head had him listening to Boot Camp Clik, Biggie, Mobb Deep, Hieroglyphics, Pharoahe Monch, a lot of the real lyrical mid-to-late ’90s era hip hop, but at the same time also appreciates the west coast. [Dr. Dre’s] The Chronic is gonna be in there. Just kind of that era of Hip Hop, very specific as to why Luke Cage is wearing Carhartt, very specific as to why he’s wearing Timberlands.”
Sweet Christmas indeed.