How many Hip Hop References are in Luke Cage?

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That is the question. There are so many that we’ll be dissecting this answer for weeks. This series can be a sociological study on so many levels and if you know me, I will end up exploring them. We can discuss the use of the word nigga as a topic. We can discuss the role of the Black female in the series, which is deep, powerful and insightful on it’s own. There are a number of Black male character-types that are rich for discussion too. We will discuss the impact of conscious Hip Hop edutainment in the format of the program. The genre-defining musical composition will be discussed in depth. We can also explore the interconnection of the growth of Hip Hop in the 1970’s with the birth of comic book characters like Luke Cage, Blaxploitation Films, and Kung-Fu movies as well. But right now, I want to discuss the fact that there are a bunch of Hip Hop ‘Easter eggs’ scattered throughout the show.

An Easter egg is an intentional inside joke, hidden message, or feature in an interactive work such as a computer program, video game or DVD menu screen. The name is used to evoke the idea of a traditional Easter egg hunt.[2]

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In Luke Cage, the number of inside references to Hip Hop songs, names, places and people are too many for me to spot yet. There are a couple of huge cameos including Method Man playing himself, which was released in the last trailer. One of my favorites that most people might miss is a cameo by Fab 5 Freddy saying an ill-ass, funny line near the end. During the 13 episode series you will hear things that amp you up as a Hip Hop fan such as; Big L, AZ, Mobb Deep, Shook Ones, Wu-Tang’s Ice Cream, Meth’s song PLO Style is mentioned, the line from DWYCK “lemonade was a popular drink and it still is (Guru)” on the episode titled DWYCK, Plug 1 and Plug 2 and a theory on “politics and the social conditions that created Hip Hop.” This show is ill with the references. Tell me how many you can find and comment on Facebook.

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In the meantime, here’s a review (with spoilers) of episodes 2-4 with my Grand Royal Brother, G-Hop.

Kurt Nice

Kurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the scenes pioneer in the Hip Hop Kulture, creating the first nationally distributed video mix tape series, Shades of Hip Hop, in the late 1990s. Since touring the country with the Stop the Violence Movement and the Temple of Hip Hop as KRS-ONE’s National Marketing Director, Kurt Nice has been a constant commentator on conscious Hip Hop and its relevance to the new rap music of today, through radio and cable appearances. contact Kurt at info@hiphoplives.net

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