“The Get Down: Jaden Smith and Nelson George Talk Baz Luhrmann’s Birth-of-Rap Netflix Show”

“Netflix has consistently brought the big guns out since it started producing original content back in 2012. The multinational entertainment company − which has over 83 million subscribers as of July 2016 − is constantly adding new and original content to its extensive library. With groundbreaking shows such as political drama House of Cards and Marvel’s Daredevil and Jessica Jones, there seems to be no stopping its rise to becoming the world’s number one entertainment outlet.

The latest show to sign on the dotted line for Netflix is The Get Down, a mythical tale of how a New York on the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip-hop culture and its four key elements: rapping, breakdancing, DJing and graffiti. Written and directed by Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet, The Great Gatsby) with input from key figures like hip-hop historian Nelson George, famed costume designer Catherine Martin, rapper Nas, and iconic DJ Grandmaster Flash, The Get Down is a music-driven semi-autobiographical drama series set in New York in 1977 that chronicles the rise of hip-hop and the last days of disco – told through the lives, music, art and dance of the South Bronx kids who would change the world forever.

Due to premiere on Netflix on 12 August, the show is hotly tipped. With a soundtrack that includes music from the likes of Nas, Miguel, Christina Aguilera, Zayn, Michael Kiwanuka, Leon Bridges and Raury, it will be essential viewing for fans of music and great television drama alike. Talking to IBTimes UK, one of The Get Down’s stars, Jaden Smith, and supervising producer Nelson George discuss how accurate the show was in relation to the early beginnings of hip-hop, what it taught them about the culture and what attracted them to the project…”



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