Here's why you need to watch The Get Down if you haven't already
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I first came across The Get Down through a screengrab on Twitter from the first episode. The caption read something along the lines of "his voice is too good" and the quote on the picture was "stab your hate into my love". That’s what first drew me to the show, and what kept me going. The show is full of voices, figuratively and literally. It gives a story platform for characters whose stories are often overlooked and its soundtrack is rife with the sounds of a 70s New York at the brink of bankruptcy. The Get Down is a near mythological story about disco and the origins of hip-hop that makes you nostalgic for simpler times when dreams felt more achievable, regardless of whether you lived through them or not. The series starts with famous singer Zeke rapping the beginning of his story to a large audience. As the narrative unfolds, we learn that before achieving fame and glory, Zeke was the Bronx-born Ezekiel, a smart teen who is incredibly talented and incredibly lovestruck. His muse and unrequited crush, Mylene, has ambitions of her own: to get out of Bronx and become a disco diva. That, given that it’s New York 1977, is completely understandable.
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