wow this lyrics are hitting me like a brick right now

The Get Down (a review)

I’ve been anxiously awaiting for this series to drop on Netflix for over a year now. I found out about it through looking on Justice Smith’s wiki page and found out he would have a part in the show. I enjoy his style of acting and said I would try to follow his next project.
I awaited project announcements and there weren’t too many promotions outside of general YouTube ads but I was still stoked.
Then slowly, as the release date began to approach, more casting was revealed and the hype picked up pace.
Then, August 12th hit and Pt. 1 of The Get Down dropped.
I was honestly shocked.

This show exceeded every expectation I had.

Needless to say, I’m going to be spoiler free, this has it all. Action, comedy, tragedy, romance, even a little bit of sci-fi, music, and most importantly, representation for many different groups of people who don’t have a voice.

Great casting with young faces, new and familiar. The chemistry works well between each character and their own interpersonal relationships.
Also, almost every character has an arc that remains stable but continues to intertwine with the main plot.
The wardrobe/style team need awards and an infinite supply of cake because DAMN. The style of the clothing is so spot on, especially with how they’ve styled the hair/make up of each person? It’s not overdone or fake.
In conjunction with the styling of the cast, the location AND camera work make everything seem extremely authentic.
Everything from a broken brick to the vibe of a late 70s sidewalk view feels so real.
It’s like I’m diving into the 70s.
And the writing? My god. The dialogue is so well done. There are also a few monologues that had me tearing up or left me inspired as well.
Every character really does play a large role, even if they are not a principal or main part of the cast. Each character ties the whole story together.

Now, the music. I guess that would be the hardest part to translate over to a new audience. The beginnings of hip-hop intertwined with the peak of disco to our generation with all sorts of newer, experimental music.
Honestly? Sensational. Lyrically, some of the best I’ve heard. Especially considering half of it is freestyled during the show.
You can feel every word impact you in a different way that comes from the characters’ lips.
And the music always fits the scene or the theme of that particular episode.
The music never really misses a beat.
Zeke has the most sick bars but his own style and rhythm, as the audience finds out later though, every character brings their own style to the table.

And as far as exceptional performances?
I would say all but I just have to highlight a few(from the main group):

Justice Smith (Zeke): the reason I followed the production and release of this show. He delivered, most definitely. Don’t sleep on him. This is the beginning. A real impact in the show on and of screen and such a nice guy. His performance left me speechless because he can be so immersed in one thing that you forget he has 7383929372 other events going on but he eventually problem-solves and has time to do most things flawlessly.

Shameik Moore(Shaolin):
If you’ve seen this guy in Dope, you already know he’s dope (I’m sorry, I had to). BUT, what you may not have been able to catch as much is this guy’s versatility to play a character. Both verbally and physically. Not much to spoil but he does A LOT of moving. I’m physically exhausted after an episode of just watching this guy move. Jeez. Amazing performance and each time he interacts with a new character, it’s intense and meaningful. Wow.

Herizen Guardiola(Mylene): fresh face on the scene. Gorgeous, angelic, graceful with ambition and drive. She’s so refreshing to watch and has a lot of moral fiber that drives her character so far. Additionally, her singing voice is beautiful, wow. She’s new but I see many new opportunities coming her way soon enough. Plus, her Spanish makes me cry happy tears. YAS. Don’t sleep on her either. She’s blowing my mind.

Jaden Smith(Dizzee):
All I can say is, Jaden is playing himself. They wrote Dizzee for Jaden. I see Jaden on that screen and I am so HAPPY about it. He was born for this role and I love what they’re doing with his arc. Jaden is doing the damn thing. Also, if you download the soundtrack or if you’ve listened to any of his solo music, this guy is very much a triple threat.
Plus, as I’m seeing from the brand new gifs/photo sets on tumblr, he’s becoming the heartthrob of the show.
@ WRITERS, MOVE HIM TO PRINCIPLE CASTING. Right now, he’s marked as recurring but I don’t think that will last. He’ll be a main soon enough.

Other casting notices (not as in depth)-

Skylan Brooks(Ra-Ra): reminds me of every friend that had something important to say but got slept on. LISTEN. TO. HIM. He always has the best interest at heart. Plus, his facial expressions give me life.

Stefanée Martin(Yolanda): so sweet, so pure. Loves everybody. She reminds me of a fun aunt. She’s not the mom because she likes to cut loose but at the end of the day, she has everyone’s interests at heart.

Tremaine Brown Jr.(Boo-Boo): the little brother I always wanted but I know I’d probably get annoyed with because he’s always hype and ready to go. He’s so much fun and brings life to the crew.
Plus, he probably roasts people the best, next to Zeke. Love this dude.

Shyrley Rodriguz(Regina): she is ruthless and won’t let any damn body tell her what to do. She has fun, bad af, but she’s a softie on the inside. She loves her friends. Give her love.

I don’t want to spoil anything but watch for every little detail that may seem insignificant because it will definitely show itself later on.

Overall, 11/10 for this show. The only thing I could be nitpicky about is some of the driving scenes were a bit awkward and I wanted more backstory on some of the main characters but hopefully, that’ll be what Pt. 2 is for.
Everybody get on Netflix and watch this damn show as soon as you can.

P.S. Let the fan art begin. I’m READY.

Tell Me Why

Requested: Can you do a calum imagine based on the song Tell Me Why by Taylor Swift?

a/n: this is my first song inspired imagine so I tried really hard to stick to the lyrics for the storyline..

(Part two)

requests are open btw

Originally posted by teasecalum

I took a chance, I took a shot
And you might think I’m bulletproof, but I’m not
You took a swing, I took it hard
And down here from the ground I see who you are

“Calum what the fuck? can you stop yelling at me? i told you it was an accident, i obviously didn’t spill the beer on your notebook on purpose, you’re overreacting.” Calum has spent most of the day in the music room trying to finish up some lyrics that their manager was nagging him about so you decided to check on him to see if he needed anythin. When you went in you saw him scribbling a few lyrics and chords on the desk, you walked towards him and leaned on the desk spilling his beer all over his lyric notebook and he has been going off on you for about 30 minutes now.

“Are you serious y/n, you ruined my fucking lyrics, how is that overreacting!? jesus christ you literally ruin everything!” those words vibrated through the walls hitting you like a ton of bricks. He got up to get another notebook to transfer the somewhat legible lyrics down slightly pushing you out of the way.

I’m sick and tired of your attitude
I’m feeling like I don’t know you
You tell me that you love me then you cut me down

“WOW, really Calum, sorry for ruining everything in your life, sorry for being fucking clumsy even though i can’t fucking control that!” “If i’m such a burden on you why don’t you just end it here instead of having to put up with me, you asshole!” “You know what, i’ll even save you the time Calum, we’re done” you have had thoughts about breaking things off with Calum a couple of times since he came back from tour, he had become a total cocky dick towards you, you didn’t think you’d actually do it because deep down you still loved that asshole.

“What, you’re not serious are you y/” you looked up to see those brown eyes staring back at you pleading for an answer but you felt that if you responded you’d burst into tears so you just nodded your head and looked away. You walked out of the music room and into your bedroom to pack some clothes, you didn’t know where you were going but you needed to get out before you gave in to him.

And I need you like a heartbeat
But you know you got a mean streak
Makes me run for cover when you’re around
And here’s to you and your temper
Yes, I remember what you said last night
And I know that you see what you’re doing to me
Tell me why

Baby girl where are you going?” his sad voice made my heart break every time he spoke.

“I don’t know Cal, that’s my problem, anywhere is better than here to be honest. This whole place is just toxic, I don’t deserve to be with someone like you, someone who doesn’t care about my feelings, all you do is bring me down and I’m so sick and tired of that!” tears were now running down your face but you didn’t even care, you wanted him to see how much he’s hurt you.

“You can’t leave me y/n, over one fight? Every couple fights but we can get through this baby”

“It’s not just this fight Calum, you think i don’t remember the other fights where you’ve called me useless, or a bitch? just because i forgive you doesn’t mean i’ve forgotten about it, it eats at me constantly and i’m done.”

You could write a book on how to ruin someone’s perfect day
Well I get so confused and frustrated
Forget what I’m trying to say, oh

I’m sick and tired of your reasons

I got no one to believe in
You tell me that you want me, then push me around

“You know what to say to make me melt but you also know what to say to get me upset Cal, snd i’m almost positive that people in healthy relationships don’t purposely do or say things to the one they love just to hurt them, that’s how i know you don’t truly love me..”

“Don’t say that i don’t love you y/n! I love you so fucking much, I..”

“Stop Calum! stop with the bullshit excuses, you always apologize and I always take you back but we always end up where we are now, it’s a never ending cycle, aren’t you tired of arguing?”

“No y/n I’ll never be tired, i want you and only you, i don’t care how much we fight, i don’t want anyone else!”

Why, do you have to make me feel small
So you can feel whole inside
Why, do you have to put down my dreams
So you’re the only thing on my mind

“Then why do you practically strive to make me feel like shit/ does it make you feel more powerful? You always laugh at anything i’ve told you i wanted to do in my future yet here i am going above and beyond to show you that i support you and your career, do you not see how unfair that is!?” Calum finally had nothing to say because he knew you were right. he’d always put you down for all the things you wanted to accomplish like opening your own store, saying that you couldn’t handle it or you were too dumb to understand anything about owning a business.

Well I’m sick and tired of your attitude
I’m feeling like I don’t know you
You tell me that you want me then cut me down
I’m sick and tired of your reasons
I’ve got no one to believe in

“ I..I didn’t know you felt that way about me.. i’m just not too good at expressing my feelings, but i want you to know i’m so proud of you baby, all that you’ve accomplished and will accomplish..”

“Cut the bs Calum, you don’t even believe what you’re saying, i would’ve loved to hear those words from you a few moths back when i strived to make you proud of me but now i don’t even care what you think of me, as long as i make myself proud that’s all that matters..”

You ask me for my love then you push me around
Here’s to you and your temper
Yes, I remember what you said last night
And I know that you see what you’re doing to me
Tell me why
Why, tell me why

I had most of my clothes in my duffel, i had decided to come back for the rest of my things another day, I just wanted to leave as fast as possible and just get away from this place and him. i grabbed a few more things and made my way towards the kitchen to get my car keys, Calum following close behind.

“I’ll come back for the rest of my things another time, don’t worry.” i say making my way to the living room and to the front door as Calum grabs my arm to stop me from leaving.

“Let me go Calum!” i say trying to pull my arm away, then he let’s go”

“I can’t let you leave y/n i love you too much baby girl!”

“If you loved me as much as you claimed to then tell me why you treated me like complete and utter SHIT!? Because that is very strange way to treat someone you love don’t you think!” he looked at his feet with no explanation or excuse, just as you thought.

I take a step back, let you go
I told you I’m not bulletproof
Now you know

“Exactly Calum, you have no valid explanation, or have you ran out of excuses? I love you so much Calum don’t get me wrong, but if you don’t know why you treated me like shit then we can’t fix it. Come find me when you know why.” and with that you got in your car and started driving not knowing where you were going..

  • The Calum feeeeeels were real with this imagine! :(((( feel free to request anything you’d like me to write, stay rad!