Music is a huge part of the show: Gang Starr performs the episode titles, Method Man makes a cameo, and there are many guest performances from artists like Jidenna and Raphael Saadiq at Cottonmouth’s nightclub.
Ali Shaheeed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest, who worked on the show’s soundtrack with composer Adrian Younge (Black Dynamite), tweeted out his Luke Cage Spotify playlist to get everyone in the mood.
— Ali Shaheed Muhammad (@AliShaheed) September 27, 2016
The playlist isn’t the show’s full official soundtrack. It’s more like a mixtape illustrating the tone of the show. It’s an eclectic mix, ranging from ’90s rap classics (Queen Latifah’s “U.N.I.T.Y.”) to Isaac Hayes—the background music to Luke Cage’s life.