Nas, the rapper, song- writer, record producer, actor and entrepreneur has taken his talents to screenwriting for the new Netflix series, The Get Down. According to Netflix, The Get Down is a music driven 1970’s set drama series including stars such as Shameik Moore, Justice Smith, Tremaine Brown Jr and Skylan Brooks as a crew of South Bronx teens. With their innovative dance moves, word play and spray paint cans they create their own names in the history of hip-hop.
The creator of The Get Down, Baz Luhrmann mentioned to the public last Saturday that, “Nas has been this other huge creative force in the production and it’s been playing really, really successfully.” Luhrmann mentioned that Nas is mainly helping with the writing and creating of rap based narration for specific characters. Luhrmann gives a little more insight on the show in his talk with Entertainment Weekly:
“One of the things, which I don’t think anyone knows because it’s not in the trailers, and we’ve been doing this for about a year now,” Luhrmann said, “is that one of the characters — I won’t spoiler alert it to you — goes on and we discover that he’s actually a successful rap star in the ‘90s. And he narrates it through rhyme, through rap. And this character, as it turns out, is played onstage in kinda sorta Madison Square Garden.”
It is also rumored that the great Grand Master Flash has been helping facilitate the new series. With the help of these two hip-hop legends the show is bound to have great authenticity of the early beginnings of the genre.
The Get Down is set to premiere on August 12th and here is a quick trailer to get you even more acquainted to the series:
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