Marvel’s “Luke Cage” was the premiere event on Netflix last weekend, even bringing the streaming service to a halt for a brief time. The show stars Mike Colter as the titular bulletproof hero with grand performances by Alfre Woodard, Simone Missick, Rosario Dawson and more. In addition to the acting and wonderful scenery, the music was the perfect complement to the story. The Luke Cage Soundtrack and score was composed by Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge and was supplemented by original licensed music and performances by Faith Evans, Jidenna and Raphael Saadiq.
“Basically Ali and I wanted to really capture what Cheo Coker had in his head. What he wanted to see as this black superhero,” Adrian Younge told us in an exclusive interview. And what he really wanted was the kind of superhero that was poised, had class and that was the kind of alpha male that you don’t necessarily see Blacks playing. He also wanted this character to be in tune with the hip-hop culture. That isn’t synonymous with providing a score that is all hip-hop music, it’s providing a score that essentially showcases the source material that helped create the hip-hop culture.”
Now fans can listen to all of the songs from the Luke Cage soundtrack on streaming services, CD and limited edition vinyl.
Make sure to catch our interviews with the Showrunner of “Luke Cage,” Cheo Hodari Coker.