In the 1970s, hip-hop was born out of the poverty-stricken blocks of the South Bronx. But while DJ Kool Herc and his people were making early hip-hop history in basement parties, the real foot-soldiers of the game were in the streets spitting rhymes, using building walls as canvases for graffiti, and creating dance moves that would soon change the world of entertainment as we know it. Oscar nominee Baz Luhrmann will be bringing the story of the birth of hip-hop as told by the kids who grew up in the middle of it all.
“In this golden era of TV, the Netflix culture puts no constraint on creative possibilities,” Luhrmann told The Hollywood Reporter. “So it is a natural home for The Get Down, a project I have been contemplating and working on now for over 10 years. Throughout, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of how a city in its lowest moment, forgotten and half-destroyed, could give birth to such creativity and originality in music, art and culture. I’m thrilled to be working with my partners at Sony and collaborating with a team of extraordinary writers and musicians, many of whom grew up with and lived the story we’ve set out to tell.”
Netflix will host a new drama series called The Get Down, which will depict the coming-of-age story of hip-hop from the music, art, dance and more. Although there’s no report as to who will appear in the series, the premise of the show comes at a pivotal time when hip-hop is making a huge impact in television shows like Starz’ Power created by 50 Cent and FOX’s Empire starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P Henson. Watch the trailer above.