HipHopDX Exclusive Premiere: Here is an exclusive sneak peek of Grandmaster Flash and his work on The Get Down. The show is a mythic saga of how New York, at the brink of bankruptcy, gave birth to a new art form. Grandmaster Flash is an associate producer on the series and in the video, provides an inside look on creating the show.
Set in New York in 1977, this music-driven drama series 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.
Productions credits run from Baz Luhrmann to a team of collaborators, including four-time Oscar® winner and fellow executive producer Catherine Martin, legendary MC and executive producer Nas, associate producer Grandmaster Flash, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, co-creator, and executive producer Stephen Adly Guirgis. Hip Hop historian and supervising producer Nelson George contributed as well.
The cast of the The Get Down includes Shameik Moore (“Shaolin Fantastic”), Justice Smith (“Ezekiel ‘Books’ Figuero”), Herizen Guardiola (“Mylene Cruz”), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (“Cadillac”), Jaden Smith (“Dizzee Kipling”), Skylan Brooks (“Ra Ra Kipling”), Tremaine Brown Jr. (“Boo Boo Kiping”), Mamoudou Athie (“Grandmaster Flash”), Jimmy Smits (“Francisco ‘Papa Fuerte’ Cruz”), and Giancarlo Esposito (“Ramon Cruz”).
The show is produced by Sony Pictures Television for Netflix. Part One of The Get Down, comprising of six episodes, will premiere on August 12, exclusively on Netflix around the world.