Early this morning, the next chapter in of the Marvel Cinematic Universe—Luke Cage—hit Netflix. For many of us out there, it's hard to fit the desire to binge a 13-episode series on a work or school day, but thanks to the folks at Marvel Music, there's a new Spotify playlist to rock while you're patiently waiting for your daily requirements to be completed so you can get your binge on.
For heads who haven't been able to indulge in the series yet, one of the most important pieces of the show is the hip-hop vibe that runs through it. Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker did that on purpose, saying that he "wanted to be a hip-hop showrunner from the standpoint of having every single aspect of hip-hop influence a running undercurrent in terms of how we approach story and the feel of the series." There's a very '90s hip-hop flavor within it, which is on display in this playlist, featuring classics like Group Home's "Supa Star," Redman's "Tonight's Da Nite," "Sound of Da Police" by KRS-One, and more, as well as classic material from EPMD, De La Soul, and Queen Latifah. The show isn't just boom bap (original rap), though; the neo soul/R&B vibe of the show is on full display as well, featuring Raphael Saadiq (who also performs in the first episode) alongside throwback gems from Isaac Hayes, Ernie Hines, and more. There's even an original song ("Feel Alive") from Luke Cage music supervisors Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad.
If you're stuck at work, heading to class, or just trying to hit the gym before getting your Luke Cage and chill on, this is THE playlist you need. Stream below.