The soundtrack to Marvel’s Luke Cage, the series which recently debuted on Netflix, is now available for download. It features an original score composed by Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge plus licensed tracks and the song “Bulletproof Love” featuring Method Man.
Influences ranging from David Axelrod, Ennio Morricone, to A Tribe Called Quest and Wu-Tang Clan are brought to life in the series and soundtrack. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson orchestrated and conducted a 30-piece orchestra for each episode of the series. The album was executive produced by Andrew Lojero.
Hip-hop music is an integral part of the series and as show runner Cheo Hodari Coker said, “All the episodes are named after different Gang Starr songs. I explain the speed of hip-hop happens at the speed of thought. So if Method Man ran into Luke, not only would he tell the homies about it, he’d also write a freestyle — that’s how hip-hop works. It’s today’s news tonight.”
“It was really about that hip-hop foundation and making sure those drums were just big as day,” continued Ali Shaheed Muhammed.
Adrian Younge adds, “From a musical perspective, Ali and I look at this as if we’re creating 13 albums for 13 episodes. We all wanted to make something great that happens to be based on our culture.”
Coker adds “’Bulletproof Love’” is just an incredible collaboration. Method Man is a dream to work with and his instinct is perfect. He’s both a comic book geek, but at the same time a hip hop legend. Method Man’s enthusiasm for Luke Cage and understanding of the show really made him the perfect choice. ‘Bulletproof Love’ is unique as the lyrics involve our characters, but also the song is just electric.”