Chronicling the days before Run-DMC rocked adidas and Kurtis Blow delivered The Breaks, Netflix’s new series, The Get Down, shows love toward the culture’s roots.
Set in 1970s South Bronx, the series follows the lives of several teens whose appreciation for the growing art of djing and graffiti is intertwined with their funkdafied nightlife, foreshadowing Hip-Hop’s humble beginnings.
Director Baz Luhrmann, the genius behind Moulin Rouge!, recruited Grandmaster Flash, one of Hip-Hop’s most profound turntablist, as associate producer; he is as a vital force in the storyline.
Along with tagging Grandmaster Flash, The Get Down features a young and dynamic cast who embodies the free spiritedness that sparked the culture; influencers Jaden Smith, Shameik Moore (Dope), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Herizen Guardiola (Runaway Island), Justice Smith (Paper Towns), Skylan Brooks (Southpaw), and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Crescendo) are set as star in the series.
Along with acting vet Jimmy Smits, newcomers Mamoudou Athie (who portrays Grandmaster Flash), Tremaine Brown Jr. will make appearances.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show is set to debut this year. Check out the trailer below.
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