I think my favorite thing about The Get Down is it explicitly portrays hip hop culture as a geek culture.
You have lit nerds writing poetry and music nerds scratching records and they all have outrageous geeky roleplay personas like “Shaolin Fantastic” and they’re all just nervous awkward teenagers cosplaying and staging “battles” over who can compose the most impressively nerdy beat poetry, with the coolest superhero theme song playing in the background.
I feel like every other hip hop biopic/documentary/historical fiction has made hip hop culture seem like an exclusive “cool kids” club.
I’ve never before seen a portrayal of hip hop saying – the people who created hip hop loved comic books. They drew cartoon characters on their school binders. The people who created hip hop made dorky costumes and bedazzled their jackets, and collected albums like they were Yu-gi-oh! trading cards.
I’ve never before seen a portrayal of hip hop saying – hip hop is and has always been a fandom. It was full of awkward nerds, like every other fandom you know. The people who created hip hop were just like you.
I feel like The Get Down is so affirming and so validating for all the black/brown/poc geeks who grew up thinking that being geeky was a “white thing” – that being geeky meant they “weren’t black/brown/poc enough.”
The Get Down is just a really important show okay.