(AllHipHop News) Hip Hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash is joining the production team for the upcoming Netflix show The Get Down. The 57-year-old legendary DJ will serve as an associate producer and adviser for the Baz Luhrmann helmed drama.
Flash will also be portrayed in the series’ storyline by Mamoudou Athie. The Get Down is set in New York City during the 1970’s. Both fictitious characters and real life figures will be featured in the plot.
Billboard describes The Get Down:
Consigned to rubble, a rag-tag crew of South Bronx teenagers are nothings and nobodies with no one to shelter them — except each other, armed only with verbal games, improvised dance steps, some magic markers and spray cans. From Bronx tenements, to the SoHo art scene; from CBGBs to Studio 54 and even the glass towers of the just-built World Trade Center, The Get Down is a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco — told through the lives and music of the South Bronx kids who changed the city, and the world … forever.
Grandmaster Flash was one of the instrumental artists of that era. He helped create innovations in the art of DJing that became standards in Hip Hop. His group, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, released the groundbreaking 1982 single “The Message,” and they were the first Hip Hop act inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.
Watch a short video about “The Get Down” below.