Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge Talk Scoring ‘Luke Cage’ and Hip-Hop

Story By Eddy ‘Precise’ Lamarre

Luke Cage” has taken the world of streaming by storm. The Black superhero created in 1972 has been resurrected in 2016. The television series created by Cheo Hodari Coker based on the Marvel comic is arresting in its visual display. Sonically it has succeeded in capturing the essence of the lead character, his supporting cast, and Harlem. Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest and Adrian Younge of Black Dynamite fame are the reason the musical backdrop is so spot-on. A 30-piece orchestra conducted by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson adds to the soundscape. Muhammad and Younge implemented intricate details through the music. We spoke with them about the true music for “Luke Cage” and what the series means to the world.

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Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (Photo courtesy of Allied Integrated) Marketing)

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