What Baz Luhrmann wants to do right here is go back...way back! It seems everybody is feeling the old school hip-hop vibe nowadays, which is great for a rap cat like myself. Movies like Dope and VH-1's The Breaks have brought that street spirit back in a major way, and Luhrmann is putting his own spin on it with his Netflix series, The Get Down, which has just debuted an amazing trailer.
The series stars Shameik Moore (of Dope, coincidentally), Justice Smith, Herizen Guardiola, Jaden Smith, Skylan Brooks, Tremaine Browne, Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jimmy Smits and Giancarlo Esposito, and is set in the 1970s music scene in New York City. This trailer shows that it won't just be about the birth of rap, but encompasses music of many different styles, including disco. Here's the synopsis:
The Get Down focuses on 1970s New York — broken down and beaten up, violent, cash strapped — dying. Consigned to rubble, a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers are nothings and nobodies with no one to shelter them — except each other, armed only with verbal games, improvised dance steps, some magic markers and spray cans. From Bronx tenements, to the SoHo art scene; from CBGB to Studio 54 and even the glass towers of the just-built World Trade Center, The Get Down is a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco — as told through the lives and music of the South Bronx kids who changed the city and the world…forever.
No word on when this will be ready for your binge watching pleasure but it simply can't get here fast enough if you ask me.