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Watch a Teaser for Netflix’s 70’s Hip-Hop Series The Get Down

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Here’s a very quick teaser for The Get Down a new show set in the bubbling Hip-Hop and Punk scenes of New York City during the 1970’s. This was around the time Hip-Hop was starting to make its way out of the housing projects of the Bronx and into the city’s clubs, The Ramones and other acts were inventing Punk at CBGB and I was being born. I find it to be an absolutely fascinatiing era in the city’s history and it should make a nice backdrop for a drama series.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

The Get Down will focus on 1970s New York — broken down and beaten up, violent, cash strapped — dying. (Watch the teaser trailer, above.) Consigned to rubble, a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers 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. From Bronx tenements, to the SoHo art scene; from CBGBs to Studio 54 and even the glass towers of the just-built World Trade Center, The Get Down is a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco — told through the lives and music of the South Bronx kids who changed the city, and the world … forever.

The show will be helmed by director Baz Luhrmann, whose style (The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge) is a bit glossy for the subject matter, but The Shield‘s Shawn Ryan is also involved so that’s encouraging. I’m here for this.

Video: dead prez – Hip Hop (Live in London)

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Check out dead prez at KOKO in Camden, North London on Friday night.

Props to DJ Gone.

NahRight in Complex x VIBE x GQ

Monday, June 8th, 2009

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[In Dre’s defense, they asked for our five favorite posts and ended up only choosing one. Which might also explain how I ended up ghost-writing eskay’s favorite pick. Ha! Full-disclosure: Other than multiple favorite posts, I mentioned more names from the comments (and favorite rappers, and websites) than they posted but they only picked a few, so no shots guys.]

Check this out too:

vibe

^ This little thing is what that whole Vibe Magazine shitstorm was about, we got stuck on the bottom of a page and everyone wanted our fucking heads to roll. Although, it ended up being well worth it: #2 had a full page feature on that same exact page.

Also, since we never got around to it, here’s Nah Right featured in GQ:

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Props to all these fine publications for recognizing game:

Complex | Vibe | GQ

Video: 20/20 Special on Hip-Hop from 1981

Friday, May 15th, 2009

“Not everybody can sing, but anybody can rap…”

*Slow, standing clap* to YN for digging this shit up. WOW. I was like 4 years old when this originally aired.

The illest thing about this, and what the 90’s babies should take special note of, is the tentative tone of the piece. Back then, most people who weren’t completely immersed in rap music, and even some who were, had no idea if this shit would last. It was looked at as a fad, a trend, something that would be replaced with something else within a couple of years. Fast forward nearly 30 years, and Angie Martinez is a guest at the White House (no Eazy-E), and we’re arguing about the authenticity of a former correction officer’s sunglasses.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, don’t take shit for granted. Part 2 after the jump.

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