If you haven’t checked out the show The Get Down on Netflix you are definitely playing yourself. The show is music magic. It’s a very fanciful display of the birth of Hip-Hop and the PTR crew can dig it. This show displays the passion behind the driving force of early Hip-Hop, the DJ. I loved seeing how much appreciation and love that was given to the DJ’s in this series. It’s rare that DJ’s get any love, it’s normally the MC that is given most of the recognition these days, so it’s nice to see DJ’s get their props. There are a lot of feel good vibes that the show brings which is displayed through the characters love and passion for music.
The series has a lot of fresh new faces mixed with some acting veterans, which is a nice change. It’s refreshing to see series that take a chance on new faces. It stars Justice Smith, Herizen Guardiola, Shameik Moore, Skylan Brooks, Jaden Smith, Tremaine Brown Jr., Stefanée Martin, Shyrley Rodriguez, Mamoudzou Athie, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, with veterans Jimmy Smits, Kevin Corrigan, Giancarlo Esposito, and Eric Bogosian.
The series takes place in the Bronx around the 70’s and is mainly about two young kids, Ezekiel and Mylene, trying to find their place in the world of music. Ezekiel “Books” Figuero finds himself in the start of what will later be known as Hip-Hop without even knowing. He is able to use his natural poetic skills and apply them to his rhymes for himself and his group of friends. Mylene Cruz is an aspiring Disco singer and wants to be something like the next Donna Summer. She, too, is working with her friends to bring her dream to fruition. The Get Down is available now on Netflix. Be sure to check out Part 1 of the series; if you don’t, you’re playing yourself.
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