The Get Down, screenshot from the Netflix film. Photo by: Netflix / YouTube
The Get Down, screenshot from the Netflix film. Photo by: Netflix / YouTube

Netflix Paints a Picture of the Early Days in Hip-Hop

Netflix is set to release The Get Down on August 12.

The story tells the ongoing saga of New York hip-hop, and shows the birth of the art form, while living on the brink of bankruptcy. The location of The Get Down is in New York City during 1977.

This historic view of music is layered with drama, and chronicles the transition to hip-hop during the last days of disco. It is told through the lives, and expression from the South Bronx residents who would impact the music industry in grandmaster fashion.

The film does display gun violence, which I am highly against in mainstream film and television. I wanted to share this film because of its historic value in music, but also find the use of gun violence unnecessary overall.

Netflix notes: The Get Down is from Baz Luhrmann and a team of collaborators including four-time Oscar® winner and fellow executive producer Catherine Martin, legendary MC and executive producer Nas, associate producer Grandmaster Flash, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, co-creator and executive producer Stephen Adly Guirgis; and expert collaborators, including hip-hop historian and supervising producer Nelson George.

Shameik Moore (Shaolin Fantastic), Justice Smith (Ezekiel “Books” Figuero), Herizen Guardiola (Mylene Cruz), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Cadillac), Jaden Smith (Dizzee Kipling), Skylan Brooks (Ra-Ra Kipling), Tremaine Brown Jr. (Boo Boo Kiping), Mamoudou Athie (Grandmaster Flash), Jimmy Smits (Francisco “Papa Fuerte” Cruz) and Giancarlo Esposito (Ramon Cruz) star.

The Get Down - Main Trailer - Netflix

The Get Down | Grandmaster Flash Featurette