What Is The Song In The 'Luke Cage' Trailer? The Tune Proves That '90s Hip Hop Will Be A Huge Part Of The Show
Now this is how the next big superhero is supposed to make an entrance. Marvel's upcoming Netflix series, Luke Cage, released a teaser trailer at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, and man, does it not disappoint. In it, we see our titular, hoodie-wearing hero walking onto our screens, ripping off a car door with his bare hands, punching holes through walls, and being generally indestructible/bad ass — all while "Shimmy Ya" by Ol' Dirty Bastard blares on in the background. That's right, the song in the new Luke Cage trailer is none other than the unmistakable 1995 hip-hop jam, and it's, in a word, perfect.
You know Luke Cage (Mike Colter) for his supporting role in Netflix's Jessica Jones, but on his own, the hero's an entirely different kind of force. As the Netflix/Marvel universe expands to the streets (and according to the trailer, abandoned buildings) of Harlem, Luke's about to venture into rougher, grittier territory. Ol' Dirty Bastard sings, "Shimmy shimmy ya shimmy yam shimmy ya/ Gimme the mic so I can take it away," as it becomes increasingly clear in the trailer that the man with the mic is Luke. Watch him do just that — take it away — in the incredible trailer below:
The song for the trailer, like what appears to be most aspects of Luke Cage, was carefully chosen. According to Variety, the show's executive producer Cheo Hodari Coker claims that music was pivotal in the creation of Luke Cage . Every episode is named after a song from '80s hip hip duo Gang Starr, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad of the iconic '90s trio A Tribe Called Quest will help compose the show's score. Coker even claimed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that the show has a "90s hip-hop vibe." At this year's Comic Con, he added, “It’s what I call the Wu Tang-ification of the Marvel universe" — and as Ol' Dirty Bastard sings, "Wu-Tang killer bees on a swarm" in "Shimmy Ya" for the trailer, you can't help but to notice the pieces of the puzzle coming together. A puzzle that rests comfortably somewhere between Jessica Jones and Daredevil, but that has a voice — and a sound — that's entirely new for Marvel.
"You knocked down a few doors in the projects and now you Harlem's hero?" Cottonmouth asks Luke, before laughing at the absurdity of his question near the end of the trailer. Calmly, Luke replies "I'm just getting started."
Watch the Marvel Cinematic Universe — and Luke — take Harlem like a killer bee on a swarm when Luke Cage makes it debut September 30.