Zip and his gang were tasked to be bodyguards for Mariah Dillard by Cottonmouth. She complained about the thugs following her around, scaring everyone. Stokes reminded her that they are there to protect her, hand out flyers and get contribution tributes. Actually, they threatened people in order to obtain a contribution for Mariah Dillard's New Harlem Renaissance.
Witnessing the gang haggle and threaten Connie Lin and Jin Lin to give them contribution to Dillard's project, Luke Cage steps into the restaurant and questioned the situation. When Zip and his men view him as a threat, each man initiated a confrontation. Throwing a powerful punch to Cage's face, Amos's wrist snaps before he is lifted and tossed throw the window onto the sidewalk. Zip tries to subdue Cage but is unsuccessful, being slammed across a table. Wielding a pistol to Cage and firing rounds, Koko watched as the bullets did not penetrate his skin. Gripping the barrel of the gun, Koko fired another bullet, halted and collapsed to floor. He is knocked down by a table. After witnessing Cage bend the weapon like rubber, Sugar frantically left the establishment, proclaiming that he was not with them and evaded injury.
Having watched the fight progress, Jin and Connie pulled out their earnings for that night and rewarded Cage for his help; even when they had offered to hire him for security, Cage declined the offer and the money, stating he was not for hire. He did, however, grant his services to them if they were to ever be in trouble.