Watchlist Wednesdays: New Netflix hip hop series, The Get Down

By Anton Constantinou

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Watchlist Wednesdays is a variation on the usual Think Ahead Tuesdays theme. It brings news of new hip hop tracks/ gigs/ films, as well as hot gossip

Hip hop is to get its very own TV show this August as The Get Down launches on Netflix. The upcoming musical drama series harks back to rap’s early beginnings in the 70’s and follows a group of kids growing up in the South Bronx, New York.

It feature appearances from Jaden Smith and Breaking Bad star Giancarlo Esposito, not mention some  impressive newcomers. Rap legend Nas has also joined the cast and will be contributing rhymes to the show.

Directing The Get Down is Baz Luhrmann – whose impressive credits include Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge! and Strictly Ballroom. Outlining the show at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, he explained that rather than focusing on the birth of rap specifically, it instead looks at the brief moments prior to its explosion. “The transition is so quick, and it’s just contained in this little geographic area,” said Luhrmann. “So that’s what really attracted me: Yes, the pre-history of hip-hop, but also the way disco, and punk, they all lived side by side. They had this parallel universe.”

The Get Down drops August 12th on Netflix. For a snapshot of what’s to come, peep the trailer below:

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