The third series to result from the partnership between Marvel and Netflix, Luke Cage is already lighting up the television world with a style of heroism all his own. Both Daredevil and Jessica Jones took place in Hell’s Kitchen, but Luke Cage is all Harlem, and showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker (Notorious) wanted to ensure that the series lived and breathed Harlem culture. A huge part of this comes through in the show’s music. Cage pulls no punches in its run, featuring music from Nina Simone, Nas, Bill Withers, and many more legendary artists. Fittingly, each of the show’s 13 episodes is named after a song by the ’80s rap duo, Gang Starr.
One of the show’s original songs is “Bulletproof Love”, by Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. It features Wu-Tang Clan veteran, Method Man, who has a cameo in the series as himself (officially canonizing him in the Marvel Cinematic Universe).
In celebration of the show’s Netflix premiere, “Bulletproof Love” has been officially released and is available to listen to now (see above).
Not content to simply toss around Marvel-centric catch phrases, the song does an incredible succinct job of exploring the show’s themes, and the street-level world Luke Cage defends. Take a look at some of the lyrics:
Got thugs in the store with the barrel on your lips
Sayin’ “empty out the drawer” before he pound you with the grip
Lord, who to call when no one obeys the law
And there ain’t no Iron Man that can come and save us all?
Power to the people and Luke Cage the cause
And the cops got it wrong, We don’t think Cage involved
Look, dog, a hero never had one
Already took Malcolm and Martin this is the last one
Considering how much shade has been thrown lately at modern soundtracks (especially for Marvel’s films), it’s refreshing to see such a distinct change of gears for Luke Cage’s world. While music and culture have never been a huge aspect of Marvel’s movies or shows in the past, it will be interesting to see if, considering Luke Cage‘s success, that may change moving forward.
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Daredevil season 1 & 2, Jessica Jones season 1, and Luke Cage season 1 are now available on Netflix. The Defenders and Iron Fist arrive in 2017. Release dates for Jessica Jones season 2, The Punisher and Daredevil season 3 have not yet been announced.
Source: Marvel Entertainment