Graffiti, disco, and drug lords rule the South Bronx in this Seventies-themed musical drama series.
Lyrical poet Ezekiel (Justice Smith) dreams of having his love reciprocated by Mylene (Herizen Guardiola), a singer with sights on being the next Donna Summer. Amidst political turmoil, gang and turf wars, cocaine abuse, and the cultural importance of graffiti tags, these two teenagers are just trying to survive their neighborhood.
The major character for the series is undoubtedly hip-hop itself, as it becomes apparent that these elements are what drives these kids from South Bronx. More importantly, it’s about time that names like DJ Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash are put on the forefront as the pioneers of hip-hop culture and music. Creator Baz Luhrmann (Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!, The Great Gatsby) paints a colorful background filled with dance choreography, flashy costumes, and his signature storytelling. Having Nas as an executive producer and hip-hop historian Nelson George as supervising producer ensures everything we see on the screen is true to the era.
If you need a series to binge watch this weekend then set your queue on “The Get Down,” Netflix’s newest series. Six episodes that make up Part 1 are available to stream today.
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