The new Netflix series of Marvel’s Luke Cage is having even more hip hop injected into it. First it was word that Adrian Younge and A Tribe Called Quest member Ali Shaheed Muhammad were scoring the show. Then we got a Luke Cage trailer with some music from Wu-Tang Clan‘s own Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s song “Shimmy Shimmy Ya.” And now, with San Diego Comic Con just ending this past weekend, news has trickled out that every episode from Luke Cage will be named after a Gang Starr song. “Mass Appeal” or “Full Clip” anyone? The news of the Gang Starr connection is just another example of an increasingly hip-hop centric Marvel universe with the new Ta-Nehisi Coates written Black Panther comics getting a cover inspired by Run The Jewels and a new track by Jean Grae with production by Quelle Chris. And there is Marvel doing the whole hip hop cover thing.
The rising flirtation between Marvel and hip hop coincides with black characters, to the delight of fans, getting renewed attention and coverage. From Riri Williams to Black Panther getting the movie treatment, the representation of black people in the world of comics is steadily growing.
Filming for Luke Cage wrapped up this past March and will be available via Netflix on September 30th.
H/T: The Huffington Post