Throw Down For 'The Get Down' With Baz Luhrmann
The Get Down totally threw down in the Bronx last night. Directed, executive produced, and created by Baz Luhrmann, the Netflix musical drama—on which Nas is also an executive producer and Grandmaster Flash is an associate producer—charts the rise of hip-hop in the ’70s. So in keeping with the theme, guests first flocked to the Bronx’s Lovinger Theatre at Lehman College for the premiere, and afterwards migrated to Jerome Avenue, where a converted auto shop was transformed into a disco-themed party.
Upon entering the party, you were greeted by a white ’74 Cadillac, complete with a red leather interior, and plenty of Sugarhill Gang and Run DMC. Walls were plastered with technicolor graffiti, some of which—like “Seek Those Who Fan Your Flames”—spelled out titles of the show’s episodes. Disco balls aplenty (we counted at least six) lit up the dance floor as Kangol-clad break dancers led the charge amidst strategically placed piragua carts and tasty, Bronx-themed snacks courtesy of the four-man, Bronx-bred, culinary kingpins, Ghetto Gastro. Nods to the show, and the barely-documented era that the show chronicles, could be found in every nook and cranny of the space. Add to that the guests in attendance—everyone from Justice Smith, the show’s star; to fellow cast member Jaden Smith; and even Nas—and it made for an eerie collision of fact and fiction.
With numerous models on hand, the crowd was depressingly attractive, and even the wait staff, clad in tracksuits and, in one case, a full leather jumper, were dressed to the nines. Last night not only set the scene for The Get Down, but also perfectly encapsulated the spirit of what is turning out to be Netflix’s newest breakout hit. To get a taste for yourself, check out the first six episodes of The Get Down, out now!
All photos taken exclusively for Milk by Jackie Lee.
For more on The Get Down, visit its Netflix page here.
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