This is a semi-fantasy genesis story through rose coloured spectacles...and it works perfectly! The Get Down tells the story of artistic genesis set in a very creative time & place in human history, that being New York in the late 70s/early 80s.
Before Hip-Hop became what we know today, rap, DJing, break dancing and street art/graffiti were all intricately linked. The Get Down tells the story of their creation/evolution in a wonderful mix of storytelling, music & aesthetic. There's not much more to say, it's all very entertaining and nostalgic.
Get beyond the first episode (which is very, very Baz Luhrmann) and you just might get hooked. This is a big, colorful series with a sprawling cast of veterans and newcomers. It's about the rise of hip-hop (executive producer Nas and adviser Grandmaster Flash are around to keep things real), but as with any Luhrmann project, it's also a love story — a star-crossed love story between an aspiring rapper and disco singer.