As always, we at T3AM are highlighting different types of media or new TV shows/movies. This time around, I wanted to highlight a series that I just finished the initial midseason finale of. Netflix has been on a role recently with all of their programing including Stranger Things, and Last Chance U. This series is another to add to the line of great original content that they have been releasing. They recently released The Get Down, created by Baz Luhrmann (Romeo + Juliet, The Great Gatsby). The series features relative newcomers in Shameik Moore as the master graffiti artist-turned DJ apprentice Shaolin Fantastic (Dope) and Justice Smith as a Love-Sick Young MC Zeke (Paper Towns). The Get Down centers on New York City in the Late 70's and the rise of Hip Hop, Grafitti and the culture shift in a burning New York City.
The music is crafted with the assistance of such legends as Nas, and Grandmaster Flash (who is portrayed in the show as well). The series features the typical style found in a Baz Luhrmann project, highlight by his direction in the premiere episode. The musical set pieces as well as the soundtrack showcase the music of the time and the style that accompanied that period. The costumes help lend to the bright and exuberant nature of the upcoming Hip Hop scene of the late 70's. With Disco music on the fringe of dying, the characters navigate the world of Disco and the culture, while trying to make their way in the Get Down Battles. Zeke and Shaolin take on the underground world and finding their way in the Big Apple.
They encounter Kool Herc, and his group the Notorious Three and elude to the presence of Afrika Bambaataa and the Zulu Nation. This all happens while characters are navigating the drug world, the crack down on graffiti artists and the fledgling world of Disco. The series is worth a look for the musical elements, stylistic approach and costumes alone.
Take a look at the trailer as well as a couple of featurettes below: