Luke Cage, the newest addition to Netflix superheroes has been yet to debut, but those who have read all the information about it can’t help but notice the hip-hop influences in the whole film.
The show’s hip-hop influence is not an accident since its showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker was the journalist who wrote The Notorious B.I.G’s death on VIBE. During an interview on Deadline, he confirmed that his inspiration for Luke Cage comes from all the Black American heroes, like Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, and the hip-hop greats.
“Particularly when you look at political figures and you think about that and you think about what it would mean when you’re melding these two worlds of hip-hop and superheroes – what if they were bulletproof,” Coker said.
As for the hip-hop elements in the movie, those who will watch its premiere will see it all over the series. The music itself was is supervised by Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest together with Adrian Younge. Both of them had collaborated with on a 2014 album by Souls of Mischief.
In an earlier interview, Muhammad said that Choker provided them direction as to what kind of music they have to incorporate into the series, adding that Choker wanted the music to have “much of a leading role as the other characters.”
Aside from that, Method Man of the Wu-Tang Clan will also appear in a cameo role as himself where he will meet the “bulletproof black man.” In a behind-the-scene interview, Method said that Marvel has always dabbled with hip-hop culture; however, they have taken it even deeper with Luke Cage.
Choker explained further that he wants to be known as a hip-hop showrunner with regards to how he use hip-hop in the development of the story. He used Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese as examples saying that both filmmakers have used their music experience in creating their films.
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