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I’m case anyone missed this yet, it’s a series released in 2017 in the States

Based in Bronx, it follows the story of a black kid Ezekiel-Zeke, (Daveed Diggs)  tryin to to get into the music game with his eclectic set of homies as the Get Down Bros after seeing Grandmaster Flash in a back street secret disco-

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''The series is set in the 1970s in the Bronx, NYC, and follows the rise of hip-hop and disco music through the eyes of a group of teenagers. ... The two band together with Zeke's friends to become "The Get Down Brothers" with a dream to become successful music artists and take over the city.'' End Quote

So it seems to be all about the mutation of soul into hip-hop. 
GMFlash  himself is involved in the writing so there’s an authenticity to the whole thing, THE MAGIC CRAYOLA of course, love interest is the stunning girl church singer Mylene (Herizen F. Guardiola) who uses Daddy’s church to record a song-Uhoh-who naturally, predictably goes ballistic- and her errant girlfriends all of whom are more interested in dancing than the holy book, there’s a sleazy pimpish disco owner (Yahya Abdul Mateen|) full of ideas and murder who seems to be (one of the) the bad man of the piece, a sleazy music promoter with a drug habit,  a fantastically matriarchal pimp/dealer, Fat Annie  (Lilias White-whose voice appeared on a couple of disco tracks over the decades) who runs things-reminiscent of Della Reese in Harlem Nights movie with Eddie Murphy. There are some predatory bad ass corporate suits trying to regenerate the area or cash in on the music, in loud checked and bad suits so ,a few cliches picking up on elements of typical teen US cheese dramas, tilting a hat to Shaft, Superfly and Blaxploitation films in my opinion, even a touch of  MJ  Style videos but still rugged enough to be a blast. Interspersed with archival  iconic imagery of the 70s New York that is welded expertly into the scenes, super sounds, including the impressively accurate savage nomads get-up and immaculate costumery sets, obviously the dancing is sublime  , it’s very much worth the look in. 
Story a bit formulaic  in parts but it moves well enough to give it 10/10 really worth watching. 

 

 

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