(AllHipHop News) In an exclusive interview with AllHipHop.com in January, record producer/composer Adrian Younge hinted that he and A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad were scoring a big project in the near future. It turns out Younge was referring to creating music for the upcoming Netflix series Luke Cage.
Entertainment Weekly spoke with Luke Cage executive producer Cheo Hodari Coker (Southland, Ray Donovan) about the show. The Hollywood veteran discussed how the story of the Marvel superhero set in Harlem will tap into urban culture.
“It’s very sophisticated. I mean, it’s got a ’90s Hip Hop vibe, but it’s really forward-thinking. We have Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad doing the scoring for us,” said Coker. "We have a lot of different musical appearances, but at the same time, we’ve got the Marvel action. We’ve got drama. I would like this to be, I mean, I know this is heavy but, The Wire of Marvel television, because we really deal with a lot of different issues.”
Coker also serves as the showrunner and writer for Luke Cage. He has experience penning scripts related to Hip Hop themes. Along with Reggie Rock Bythewood, Coker wrote The Notorious B.I.G. biopic Notorious.
Luke Cage stars Mike Colter, Alfre Woodard, Simone Missick, Mahershala Ali, Theo Rossi, Frank Whaley, and Sônia Braga. The series premieres September 30 on Netflix.
In addition to scoring Luke Cage, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge are collaborating for the joint album The Midnight Hour. Their production was also included on Kendrick Lamar's untitled unmastered released in March.