The Get Down: Hip Hop on Netflix

Hip Hop is coming to Netflix.

It’s brought to you (executive produced) by Baz Luhrmann (who’s also directing the first 2 episodes and the last of the season), the director of Romeo & Juliet, Moulin Rouge!, and The Great Gastby. The Get Down is gonna be set in New York in the ’70s, during hip hop’s infancy. It’s particularly gonna follow some teenagers┬ácoming up in the South Bronx.

Baz Luhrmann

Baz Luhrmann


So dude has supposedly been working on this concept for 10 years, so it’ll be dope to see what he’s done with it. 2 of his best known works, Moulin Rouge! and The Great Gastby heavily feature music and are maybe even best known for their music. I guess he makes more sense than anyone to do it but I still wouldn’t be opposed to like… Questlove doing it. But whatever, really at the end of the day I’m just glad it’s happening. Good looks, Netflix.

What can we expect to see?

Well, it’ll be New York (and particularly the Bronx) in the late ’70s, so it’ll be the very birth of hip hop. Remember, Rapper’s Delight didn’t come out until 1979, so we won’t even be hearing any hip hop on the radio until like season 3. What we can expect to see is hip hop growing from block parties, mainly thanks to Jamaican influence (shouts DJ Kool Herc and a few others who best be in the show.) If we’re lucky, we might even see a little bit of freestyling here and there, but we’re sure to see DJing along with bboying and some graffiti.

So when’s this shit coming?

Sugarhill Gang - Rapper's Delight


It’s set to hit Netflix in 2016. I assume it’ll come out all at once, as Netflix shows tend to do, so that’ll be dope because you won’t have to leave the couch for a few hours while watching it. It’s gonna start with one 13-episode season, which should give it enough time to develop (and might even take us to Rapper’s Delight, depending when it starts and how much time each episode covers.) Looks like it might end up being more about the Bronx teenagers they’re following, but I think it could be mad interesting.

You excited yet?

I think this shit’s gonna be pretty dope. It could be bad, but I think that Baz Luhrmann knows what he’s doing and seems really committed to the project, so it’ll for sure be at least worth a watch to scope it. I’m gonna be sitting on my hands wishing other shows like this existed and reading Hip Hop Family Tree to get my fill until then. You got any suggestions for me to pass the time until then? Hit me with your secrets!

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