So, yes, it makes sense that the music department is also led by a black woman! That black woman is the series’ music supervisor, Morgan Rhodes. Rhodes was inspired to feature an all-black female artist based soundtrack, which is a huge deal.

“I heard about Madam C.J. Walker from my mother who had heard about her from her mother,” Rhodes told Bustle. “I felt that was something so powerful about her story having been shared across three generations of black women in my own family and thought it would be really beautiful to have the story of Madam C.J. Walker told by black female artists across diverse generations and genres.”


The importance of telling our own stories—throughout every generation and medium—is very real.

“When I was introduced to Dorothy Vaughan—a black woman along with two other women, Katherine Johnson and Mary Jackson [in Hidden Figures]who helped our country advance in the space race—because I had never heard of them, I thought, they too, were historical fiction,” Spencer recently told The Root. “To find out that they actually existed and were never really considered or their stories were never really told alongside the astronauts that they helped—it was a little infuriating. But here we are, they are hidden no more. And for Madam [C.J. Walker], her story’s out there. Her story’s known to us in the black community, but the fact that it’s really lost to the masses is part of the reason why I wanted to tell [her story].”


The soundtrack features works from Janelle Monáe, Queen Latifah, Rapsody, Santigold and more. You’ll even get to hear the vocal stylings of Tiffany Haddish in the series!


The complete soundtrack list, via Bustle, is below:

Episode 1: “The Fight of the Century”

“Dance or Die (Instrumental)“ by Janelle Monae

“Offence” by Little Simz

“Lets Go” by Shanice

“Seven Nation Army” by Kimberly Nichole

“His Eye Is on the Sparrow” by Norfolk Jazz and Jubilee Quartet

“Work” by Izzy Bizu

“It’s Been a Long Time” by Lady Wray

“Creator” by Santigold

Episode 2: “Bootstraps”

“Woman” by Diana Gordon

“Oprah” by Rapsody featuring Leikeli47

“I’m a Mighty Tight Woman” by Sippie Wallace

“Sweet Kisses” by Esther Walker (performed by Tiffany Haddish)

“On II U” by Alex Isley

“Rise Up” by The Freedom Affair

“Woman” by Andreya Triana

Episode 3: “The Walker Girl”

“Nature of a Sista” by Queen Latifah

“Harlem Shake” by Baauer

“Keep A Song In Your Soul” by Mamie Smith

“Little Girl New” by Kimberly Nichole

“Drive” by Raiche

Episode 4: “A Credit to the Race”

“Altitude” by Tiana Major9

“Call Me Queen” by Ndidi O

“Who I Am” by Latashá

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Self Made: Inspired By The Life Of Madam C.J. Walker is now available on Netflix.