Netflix’s ‘The Get Down’ is here for all OG Hip-Hop fans

[pukka_dropcap style=”” txt_color=”” bg_color=”” size=””]P[/pukka_dropcap]remiered on August 12th, Netflix’s brand new series The Get Down pays homage to the youthful, dynamic South Bronx Hip-Hop and disco scene of the Splendid Seventies. Succeeding the renowned classics The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rougel, Baz Luhrmann sculpts a coming-of-age narrative of scavenging through poverty, violence, and crime with a rap musical twist that highlights the versatility of the genre: the most initial and foundational roots – the sampling, scratching, back-spinning, and experimental elements that shape the modern Hip-Hop and disc-jockeying culture. As Ezekiel Figuero (played by Justice Smith), also known as Zeke, steps foot into the wonder world with his newly formed ‘Kipling’ crew ‘Fantastic 4+1’, they strive to materialize their aspirations amidst a social setting intrusive to their young, fledgling dreams.

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The Get Down isn’t a series that places heavy emphasis on plot and addicting narrative suited for binge-watchers. From the get-go, Zeke and Mylene’s stumbling into Les Inferno with a humble demo and encountering dreamy Shaolin Fantastic (played by Shameik Moore), this highly-anticipating series explores a hefty lot more: a light Bildungsroman married with the heavier tackling of a marginalized minority’s cultural identity and introspection that is in parallel with music. Behind the high-quality, eargasmic numbers from the ‘70s that dose one’s spine with chills and excitement, such as ‘Turn The Beat Around’ and Slade’s ‘Far, Far Away’ (1974), The Get Down uncovers the history of Hip-Hop as a weapon, a sanctuary, and a byproduct of social survival. It is a series that places thought into what ultimately forms the backstage bulk of a remarkable creation: the context of old-school Hip-Hop rooted in the African-American history, and why the modern audience should be educated on what Hip-Hop is in the present – a refreshing change from the white-dominated music and television screen.

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