New Netflix series, “The Get Down“, is a series you need to sincerely think about watching if you have interest in the history of the music we have today. Starring Justice Smith, Shameik Moore (Dope), Herizen Guardiola, Skylan Brooks, and Jaden Smith, a group of teenagers look to pursue their dreams in the streets of the Bronx, New York in the 70s.
The Get Down really captures the spirit and grit of growing up as a person of color in the Bronx during the 1970s. Following the life of Ezekiel Figuero, a pursuing wordsmith, you see the trials and tribulations of breaking societies standards and making a new lane for yourself.
In the 1970s, Hip-Hop was born in the Bronx, starting off with DJs using two turntables to formulate the beats within popular disco tracks. In the series you will see portrayals of the great DJ’s such as Grandmaster Flash and DJ Kool Herc.
We have shifted into a decade where this time of music is getting the “Classic” label, and the new wave of Hip-Hop listeners have little to none knowledge of the roots of the game. This series may finally get the old wave and the new wave to agree on something. The Get Down is the history lesson we all wanted in school, but never got.
Watch the trailer for The Get Down below.