Here Are the Great Hip-Hop Moments in the ‘Luke Cage’ Series
Luke Cage, Netflix's new Marvel series, has a deep hip-hop connection. The 13-episode series was created by Cheo Hodari Coker, a writer and journalist who wrote the screenplay for the 2009 biographical film Notorious, based off The Notorious B.I.G.'s life. When it comes to the story of Luke Cage, the man, who also goes by the name Carl Lucas, was wrongly accused of a crime, experimented on and given super-human strength plus impenetrable skin. Now he plans to clean up Harlem, his hometown, as a superhero for hire.
The cast -- featuring Mike Colter, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, Alfre Woodard, Rosario Dawson, Ron Cephas Jones and Mahershala Ali -- is stellar and the story line is much needed at a time like this in the U.S. Luke Cage is the first Black superhero to lead a Marvel series or movie. Coker explained the selection process for the lead role at Comic-Con in San Diego, Calif. this past summer. “When I think about what’s going on in the world right now, the world is ready for a bulletproof Black man,” he said.
What's also evident is the series' strong link to hip-hop. Coker made sure hip-hop played a fundamental role in the development of Luke Cage's story. For example, every episode of the series is named after a Gang Starr song. Also a few major hip-hop artists make appearances in the series. Method Man even creates a song titled “Bulletproof Love.”
XXL watched the entire series and found more than a few things hip-hop fans will dig. Check out the great hip-hop moments in the Luke Cage series below. Always forward, forward always.