Netflix released a nice little vid that gives insight into the music that will be the anchor that is bound to cement the coming Luke Cage series as a classic in the Netflix / Marvel ensembles. The video looks at how the music used for the series influences the very make-up of the series. Example, each episode is named after a track from the deceased hip-hop legend Guru, who was one half of the group Gang Starr with DJ Premiere. Essentially making the 13 episodes mimic the tracklisting of an album.
It reminded me instantly of the kind of thought process that made Samurai Champloo such a work of art, in which episodes were treated like tracks to an LP or album. I think they even called episodes “Track 1″… etc.
Part one of the Marvel’s Luke Cage Street Level Hero social video series explores the music that moves the show. These digital videos look to blend fiction with history by taking audiences behind the curtain on the themes that give the show it’s street-level authenticity and cultural relevance. Executive producer Cheo Hodari Coker , Mike Colter, Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge of A Tribe Called Quest, A$AP Ferg and Method Man lend their commentary on how each episode is shaped by its score and musical influence.
In this Marvel live action series, a street-fighting ex-con battles crime on the streets of New York as the Super Hero, Luke Cage.
Watch Part One of Luke Cage‘s “Street Level Hero Music” promo in the player below:
Marvel’s Luke Cage 13-episodic series is slated for release on Netflix come September 30th 2016