Cheo Hodari Coker grew up an outsider in Storrs, Connecticut, where hip-hop was his lifeline to cultural identity. He finessed his way into hip-hop journalism while a student at Stanford University before establishing a name for himself at the Los Angeles TimesThe Source, and other premier music outlets.

From a physical altercation with the Wu-Tang Clan to writing Biggie's biography, Cheo took his rich experiences to Hollywood, selling scripts, producing shows like Southland and Ray Donovan, and now being the mastermind behind the hit Netflix series Luke Cage.

In our new episode of Blueprint with Complex's Editor-in-Chief Noah Callahan-Bever, Coker describes his path to success, and shares some gems along the way.

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