All of the Luke Cage season 1 episode titles are Gang Starr song titles.

In season 1, episode 9 "DWYCK", there is a scene where the police psychologist evaluating Misty Knight gives her a can of lemonade, and the following dialog occurs:

Psychologist: It was a popular drink.

Misty: And it still is.

This is a direct reference to the lyric

Lemonade was a popular drink, and it still is

from the Gang Starr song DWYCK.

Are there any other bits of dialog in any episode of Luke Cage that is a direct reference to a lyric in the Gang Starr song that the episode is named after?

What about near direct quotes of lyrics in the dialog, even if it's not the song that the episode was named after?

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    Gotta be. People who grew up then and listened to hip hop remember that song - and particularly that line. Something about the way it flowed was just nice
    – dgo
    Commented Oct 13, 2016 at 12:33
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    @user1167442 exactly. Woulda been awesome if they had Diamondback (or Shades maybe?) say: "You could say I'm sorta the boss, so get lost." Commented Oct 13, 2016 at 12:39
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    Or - he could say 'Clips are inserted into my gun...never have to run'
    – dgo
    Commented Oct 13, 2016 at 13:28
  • This lyric is also referenced in the Boondocks
    – Matt
    Commented Jun 19, 2018 at 2:02

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Well, I can finally answer this question definitively, because I went to an advance screening of episodes 1 & 2 from Luke Cage Season 2 the other night, and the showrunner, Cheo Hodari Coker, was there, so I was able to ask him personally.

Aaaand... the answer is no. He said that that was the only lyric he worked into the story.

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