Marvel to Release ‘Luke Cage’ Soundtrack by Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Vinyl copies of the score, which was created by Adrian Younge and A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad, will go on sale tomorrow (Oct. 7) at 12 p.m. EST on the Mondo website. The special release costs $35 and will be pressed up on 180 gram "Power Man Yellow" colored vinyl. If you don't collect vinyl, digital copies of the soundtrack will be available outlets such as iTunes.
The Luke Cage soundtrack stands out due to its mix of an orchestral score with classic hip-hop beats. Although Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad produced the score, series creator Cheo Coker helped craft the sound of the show too.
"Adrian and I took a lot of direction from Cheo. He developed the series with music having as much of a leading role as the other characters," Ali Shaheed Muhammad told Blavity. "Cheo, Adrian and I speak the same language, musically speaking, so it was easy to compose based on his direction. He wanted the series to have a hip-hop foundation. Adrian and I interpreted that as meaning we could use the source material sampled in many classic hip-hop songs as the source of inspiration. We also wanted the Luke Cage series to have its own unique sound, identifiable only to Luke Cage. We also wanted it to sound unlike anything else being composed for television right now."
Hip-hop's influence on Luke Cage is not only felt through its soundtrack, but also with its episode titles. Each episode is named after a Gang Starr song.
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