Last night, friends, family and influencers gathered to screen Part II of the Netflix Original Series The Get Down at AMC Theaters at Phipps Plaza in Atlanta, GA. The show stars Atlanta native, Shameik Moore. After the screening, there was a Q&A with Moore facilitated by Satchel of Upscale Magazine.
To catch you all up, The Get Down is a music driven drama set in the late 1970s, a time when New York was on verge of bankruptcy. Disco was fading out and hip-hop was rising out of the shadows. The story is told through art, music, and dance of a group of young individuals living in the South Bronx.
Moore plays the role of “Shaolin Fantastic,” a young, thrill-seeking graffiti artist who grew up in the streets and is aspiring to be a DJ. He puts together a crew and plots to takeover the rise of hip-hop with Grand Master Flash as his mentor.
In the opening episode of part two, which is only a year later (1978), we see the characters strive to grow in their passions while also trying to stay true to their South Bronx roots.
In the Q&A portion Moore speaks on him playing “Shaolin Fantastic,” the backstory of the character, and more.
In the second part of season one, you learn more about “Shaolin.” He comes from a different background than “Ezekiel” who was raised by his parents. “Shaolin” grew up with gangsters and living in warehouses his whole life so how he moves is different. Art for him and what it means to be a B-boy and a DJ is his way out. So he’s selling drugs in order to look like this and in order to move like this and the boys (his crew The Get Down Brothers) really look up to that and they embrace all that. “Shaolin” inspires everybody around him.
In your own words, how would you describe the show?
I think it’s a love story in general. For “Shaolin,” he’s in love with hip-hop that transfers to the boys (TGDB), which creates a love for hip-hop with them. Hip-Hop wasn’t even called hip-hop; it was called “The Get Down,” which was the culture. It was about taking one record and somebody rhyming over it and another person saying that they could rhyme better. It became what it became, a love for the culture. Then there’s “Ezekiel” and “Mylene” who are in love with each other. It’s a love story.
On the way out, guests were given shoes provided by KEDS with The Get Down logo on them.
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