Marvel’s Luke Cage has been lauded for its hip-hop influence. Between A Tribe Called Quest‘s Ali Shaheed Muhammad taking the helm as co-composer with Adrian Younge, The Notorious B.I.G.‘s portrait that hangs in the villain’s office and each episode being named after Gang Starr tracks, hip-hop nearly works as its own character within the series. Not to mention, there’s a cameo from Method Man and a hip-hop laden soundtrack that includes Meth’s “Bulletproof Love.”
So, its no surprise that Simone Missick, who plays Detective Misty Knight, is also a hip-hop fan.
After an empowering conversation with In Her Shoes’ Renae Bluitt for the Eden Bodyworks-sponsored event at Harlem’s MIST, the Detroit native shared three of her favorite hip-hop songs with The Boombox.
Check out Missick’s picks below.
The Notorious B.I.G. Feat. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
While Missick shared that she loves the entirety of The Notorious B.I.G.’s Life After Death, it’s Biggie’s collab with Bong Thugs-N-Harmony, “Notorious Thugs,” that takes the cake. It makes sense for the woman who plays a character who is also “armed and dangerous.” Jam out to the track below.
Jay Z and Kanye West
Jay Z and Kanye West‘s “Otis” made the list as number two. The 2011 track off of he duo’s Watch The Throne collaboration album was a clear favorite of that summer. And with the chemistry between the two rappers, it’s not hard to see why this song will continue to be a classic for many. (And we’re still not over the fact that that there will likely never be a Watch The Throne 2.)
Mobb Deep Feat. Lil Kim
The last track, “Quiet Storm (Remix),” comes from Mobb Deep and Lil Kim. Although Missick told us that she specifically likes Queen Bee’s verse. But who doesn’t get hype when they hear Kim’s MC Lyte-referencing “hot damn hoe, here we go again?” Peep the track below and see if you can keep up as Lil Kim raps bars after bars.