"I make magic. You make mistakes."-Shaolin Fantastic
The great Queens poet Nasir Jones once said "Hip Hop is Dead...". Insert irony here because the show he's played a role in as Executive Producer has now bit the dust. That's right..... after only one complete season, "The Get Down", the popular Netflix series about the origins of Hip Hop has been canceled. Reasons for the abrupt and shocking cancelations are in abundance. One main reason being the show's inability to connect with audiences like some of Netflix's more popular series such as "Stranger Things" & "Orange Is The New Black" only drawing 3.2 million adults ages 18-49.
The show also sets the record for being the most expensive Netflix original series to date costing $120 million dollars to produce. Start/Stop productions and various rewrites were also a hinderance to the show's production moving as fluidly as some would hope it would given the big budget. Baz Lurhmann, the show's creator & director, took to his Facebook page yesterday after the news broke to address some of the issues that led to the show's halt. "This exclusivity has understandably become a sticking point for Netflix and Sony" Lurhmann states. "It kills me that I can't split myself into two and make myself available to both productions. I feel so deeply connected to all those who I have worked and collaborated with on this remarkable experience."
Plenty of fans, both of the series and of Hip Hop, are shocked at the sudden decision. "The Get Down" served not only as a theatrical drama set to a break beat, but a Hip Hop lesson to those who might not have been aware of the culture's true origin or the area that birth it, The South Bronx. The series included key figures that helped pioneer the culture such as Grandmaster Flash & DJ Kool Herc. "The Get Down" also showed the clash and ultimately the transition between Hip Hop and Disco which reigned throughout the 70s. Hip Hop may have won the war in real life. Unfortunately, when it comes to "The Get Down", this is where the music stops....