The Get DownI’ve just finished powering through all six episodes of The Get Down on Netflix. I understand this was just the first installment of season one and there are more episodes to come in 2017. If you haven’t heard of it yet, here’s the low down on The Get Down.

The multi-talented Baz Luhrmann and a team of collaborators — Oscar-winner Catherine Martin, legendary MC Nas, Grandmaster Flash, Pulitzer-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis, and hip-hop historian Nelson George — have created a music-driven drama that documents the emergence of a new art form. Set in the late 1970s, when New York was at the brink of bankruptcy and disco was dying out, the rise of hip-hop is told through the lives, art, music and dance of a group of young people in the South Bronx.

My verdict

It’s very compelling, and will educate you on hip-hop history whether you’re new to it or not. It vividly captures the feel of New York at the time, and particularly The Bronx and it’s crumbling heart.

The young cast, birth of a new culture, and developing love between characters Ezekiel and Mylene, are juxtaposed to this gritty portrayal of life in The Bronx. But it’s not all The Bronx. Manhattan begins to feature and several plot lines begin to open towards the end of the six episodes. I’m very keen to see where it goes.

It’s one of those smooth hip-hop joints you rarely get, it kind of reminded me of Love and Basketball in some ways. Love, talent, and opportunity all tearing at each other and a budding relationship. It also had that hip-hop nostalgia that was brought forth in the movie Brown Sugar.

Check it out and I’d love to hear what you thought of it. Leave a comment below.

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Founder of UrbanFiction.org and supporter of all urban fiction authors. Author of the Makaveli’s Prince books. His first novel, Book One, was described by Street Literature as a “true tribute to hip-hop” and weaves a thrilling ride through some of hip-hop’s darkest secrets. You won’t be able to put his books down. They’re packed with conspiracy, drama and often centered on strong female characters. You’re in for a ride.


All his books are on Amazon Kindle and Google Play Books.