How Luke Cage infuses hip-hop and music into the DNA of Marvel's newest series

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Jun 21, 2018, 5:18 AM EDT (Updated)

Where Jessica Jones pushed the boundaries in a different way, Netflix’s Luke Cage series promises to be Marvel’s first project led by a black superhero. To that end, the show’s creators are going to great lengths to ensure the series’ musical accompaniment is up to the task.

The streaming service has dropped a new featurette focused on the way the show’s music team is working to infuse hip-hop into the DNA of the series. We get to hear from star Mike Colter, Method Man, music supervisor Adrian Younge, showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker and others on finding the right tunes for Cage's world. They aim to use the soundtrack to give the series a “street level authenticity,” which is certainly no easy task.

Digging even deeper, it sounds like each episode will take some influence from the songs included on the soundtrack, akin to the way Guardians of the Galaxy used music in its themes (just, you know, with way more hip-hop). The music in the first few trailers has done an amazing job of backing up the visuals — and this should certainly help Luke Cage stand out from the rest of Marvel’s bench. 

Luke Cage premieres Sept. 30 on Netflix.

Check out the featurette below and let us know what you think:

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