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"The Get Down" Netflix

By Siomara Germain - COPY EDITOR
On December 6, 2016

Netflix has been coming up with a lot of new series’ lately and I am not complaining. That $11.99 I pay monthly is worth it. My latest obsession from Netflix is the show “The Get Down”.

One word to describe it: dope.

Believe me when I say it; the six-episode series took the audience back to the South Bronx. It retells the rise of hip-hop in the late 1970s; buildings were burning because insurance companies wanted more money, gang violence was at its all-time high and people were losing their houses. It’s about struggle and overcoming that struggle. It brings realism to television and makes other shows look like beginner’s work.

The story is about Ezekiel “Zeke” Figuero and his friends as they make their way to the top as MCs, singers and DJs. Zeke is very smart and poetic. The audience learns of his gift in the first episode. The poem scene in the first episode he recited to his teacher was what really got me hooked in the first place. He expressed his anger about how the world works and the government not doing anything to help fix it.

The character Shaolin Fantastic is trying to make a name for himself. He comes from the street and he’s rising up in the street with the help of one of the pioneers of hip-hop DJing, cutting, and mixing himself, Grandmaster Flash. Shaolin sees Zeke’s potential and decides that Zeke should be his wordsmith.

I hate Zeke’s relationship with Marlene because she really did not deserve him. She’s trying to make it big without realizing that you need to start small in order to make it big.

The show is also culturally educational. For the many people who don’t even know where hip-hop started, this show has some of the answers.

It shows how disco is a huge part of hip-hop. In the late 1970s in New York, disco was king. The producers do well with telling the audience that there’s no hip-hop without disco. They did that by combining the two in the middle of all the chaos that was happening around them. It also showed people how to mix and scratch. The music felt real and will give you chills. 

The battle scenes will have you shaking your head grunting and bumping saying, “Yaaaaassss.” The characters are teenagers but it’s one thing after the other, like how to get turntables, learning how to be a MC, trying to get a gig, battling people from other neighborhoods, while also surviving.

If you watch the show, there is a scene where the characters are in “The Get Down” which is a club that not many people know about or can get into. 

The whole show felt like a film rather than a show. The show is phenomenal and worth the watch. 190 countries are able to watch this show. So what does that tell you?

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