Hip-Hop artists are having a strong year already in 2016, in terms of scoring and music supervision. In January, Gang Starr’s DJ Premier handled the music to VH1 film-turned-series The Breaks. The Roots’ Questlove has been named musical director of this year’s forthcoming TV remake of Roots. The ever-illusive Dr. Dre has also signed on to provide music attached to an upcoming graphic novel.
In the latest news, founding member of A Tribe Called Quest Ali Shaheed Muhammad has joined forces with musician/producer Adrian Younge (Ghostface Killah, Souls Of Mischief, The Dramatics) for the Marvel series Luke Cage.
Veteran Hip-Hop journalist and Luke Cage show-runner Cheo Hodari Coker told Entertainment Weekly, “It’s very sophisticated. I mean, it’s got a ’90s Hip-Hop vibe, but it’s really forward-thinking.” The Marvel series will appear on Netflix on September. The trailer is below:
Shaheed (who was also part of Lucy Pearl and production team The Ummah) has had a prolific 2016, comparatively speaking. The Queens, New Yorker and Younge produced “untitled 06 | 06.30.2014” for Kendrick Lamar’s #1 album, untitled unmastered. Adrian released Something About April II earlier this year.
According to Pitchfork, Muhammad and Younge are at work on an upcoming collaborative album, The Midnight Hour. In 2014, after working together on Souls Of Mischief album There Is Only Now. In conjunction with Younge’s Linear Labs imprint, Shaheed remixed 10 of the LP’s tracks on his own version.
Shaheed was on hand last week (April 5) at band-mate Phife Dawg’s memorial at Harlem’s Apollo Theater.