Netflix's Take On the Origins of Hip Hop
After such a lively discussion about the origins and *unrecovered* histories of hip hop with the #BlkTwitterstorians, it was interesting to stumble upon this new series from Netflix.
Baz Luhrmann, Australian director of "The Red Curtain Trilogy" fame, shares executive producer credits on this project with none other than the Street's Disciple and Rebel to America, hip hop royalty, Nas. From the trailer, this retelling looks to be an interesting visual recreation of the early connections between hip hop and disco, between the boogie down and downtown, between turf violence, crew violence, drug violence, and the generational violence of urban neglect and decay. What other complexities will this show un-cover and/or cook-up about what it was like for kids in the South Bronx at the forefront of a world-altering black expressive culture--only time and a serious Netflix binge will tell.
Fans of creative hip hop nostalgia piece, Dope (2015), might recognize actor, Shameik Moore, in his supporting role. Though lead-actor, Justice Smith, might be a little less familiar. Compared to another floundering hip hop t.v. offering (ahem, ahem, I'm looking at you, Empire), this series looks to have some staying power. Not to get too far ahead of myself, but just knowing that Nas took a role in bringing this series to life is a major plus+ plus+ in terms of excitement and expectation. So will folks decide to get down with #TheGetDown?