One of the most anticipated shows of the fall is the Netflix series The Get Down. Baz Luhrmann’s (The Great Gatsby) first TV series will focus on group of South Bronx teenagers [who] are nothings and nobodies with no one to shelter them — except each other, armed only with verbal games, improvised dance steps, some magic markers and spray cans. It’s a unique take on the genius of Hip Hop.
In a interview with EW.com, show creator talked about collaborating with Nas on the project.
“One of the things, which I don’t think anyone knows because it’s not in the trailers, and we’ve been doing this for about a year now,” Luhrmann said, “is that one of the characters — I won’t spoiler alert it to you — goes on and we discover that he’s actually a successful rap star in the ‘90s. And he narrates it through rhyme, through rap. And this character, as it turns out, is played onstage in kinda sorta Madison Square Garden.”
He continued to speak on how Nas has influence the creative on the project.
“One of the great collaborations is that I’ve been working really closely in creating these rhymes, and he’s a producer on the film, with one of the most iconic voices of the ‘90s and that’s Nas. And so Nas has been this other huge creative force in the production. And it’s been playing really, really successfully.”
The Get Down will premier on Netflix on Aug. 12.