Marvel’s Luke Cagee is ripe with Hip-Hop culture references that can be appreciated mostly by 80’s babies and 90’s toddlers. That being said a lot of these homages would go over the heads of anyone who wasn’t totally immersed in the culture during Hip-Hop’s halcyon days, the golden era or the 90’s.
While a lot of websites decided to compile lists of the show’s many Marvel Comics and Marvel Cinematic Universe references (there were practically hundreds) found throughout Luke Cage, HipHopWired decided to assemble the very much appreciated Hip-Hop related references, sayings, and iconic cameo appearances that we caught throughout the smash series.
So we’ve jotted down every last one that we noticed and while some of these are just wild shots in the dark, it kind of makes sense if you think about it…or just wish it to be true.
We’re also going to acknowledge that there’s a good chance we didn’t catch every last reference that could’ve been hiding in plain sight so please feel free to add your two cents on what we might’ve missed or might’ve misinterpreted.
So enjoy as HipHopWired presents The Best Nods & References To Hip-Hop Culture In Marvel’s Luke Cage.
The Biggie Portrait
Icon: Notorious B.I.G.
The most obvious of all references is probably one that Lil Yachty wouldn’t have caught had he not received a huge backlash for his lack of Hip-Hop recognition earlier this year. The portrait of the King of New York, The Notorious B.I.G. a.k.a. Frank White a.k.a. The G.O.A.T., that hung in Cottonmouth’s lair is one of the most famous images of the dearly departed. It was also the first eye catcher that set up what would be an abundance of Hip-Hop related references throughout the series.