Sweet Christmas: Marvel Set To Release 'Luke Cage' Original Soundtrack
The album will feature an original score made by the show’s main composers, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge, that’s influenced by artists such as David Axelrod, Ennio Morricone, A Tribe Called Quest and the Wu-Tang Clan. Listeners will also be able to hear that incredible 30 piece orchestra the two composers used for the series in all of their glory, with the ensemble led by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson.
Alongside the score will also be licensed tracks, as well as the “Bulletproof Love” track created by Method Man for the show.
As we’ve wrote about before, music serves as an integral part of Luke Cage.
“Adrian and I, we wanted to really make the music stand out to wholly support the dynamic aspect of Luke Cage and everybody else,” Muhammad explained to Okayplayer. “We wanted to make a huge statement with the music and the score, and really wanted it to stand out as something that no one has ever heard for television.”
“What we thought to do with the music was to capture the vibe and feeling [showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker] wanted Luke Cage to feel like to the audience,” Younge added. “Cheo would also give us references like ‘Yo, we want this to be like Marvin Gaye’s ‘Trouble Man’ or Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘The 4th Chamber.’ And we’d say ‘Ok, let’s go.’ It’s one of the best experiences I’ve ever had composing.”
And as for the now infamous Luke Cage theme song?
“Everything that we did we wanted to make a statement, so we looked to our heroes: Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes, Marvin Gaye and Ennio Morricone,” Muhammad said. “Just really make something that spoke to the character and the movement of the artwork. Luke Cage being a product of the blaxploitation period, there’s certain elements in blaxploitation music that you want to make sure are there. So we kind of dipped into that paint a little bit.”
The digital soundtrack drops on October 7, 2016.