"THE BEAT SAYS, THIS IS THE WAY"
So we're back. And if you enjoyed episode one's drama then episode two is jam packed with it. We start with the story line of Miles aka Boo-Boo, also the youngest and shortest of the Get Down Brothers. His pockets is low and he wants to get put on by Shaolin. Not because his family is about to get evicted or nuthin like that. Why you ask then? To impress a fucking girl. So Shaolin does just that, he puts him on, thinking he can look over him if he's in his crew better than if he was in a rivals. Then we jump to Mylene. The record company is satisfied with her hit but now they want something a little more edgier. So basically the religious songs ain't cuttin it, they wanna sell sex. And just for historical reference Ezekiel and Mylene go to see the Wiz, which was released in the fall of 1978 for you fact checkers.
Next Shaolin and Ronald a,ka. Ra-Ra (the businessman and voice of reason for the Get Down Brothers) go to Fat Annie's to ask for a raise because they see the vision of how big hip-hop will be and they want a more fair market price for their performances. They even compared hip-hop to Rock-n-Roll saying that eventually white suburbia will eventually start culture vulturin and call hip-hop their own. Sounds like really a familiar story, that's if you know the full story of who invented Rock-n-Roll. Back to the story. So Shaolin and Ra-Ra make a deal with Fat Annie that if they can pack out her bigger club 'Les Inferno' that they can get a bigger performance check. It's just one dilemma, They gotta do it that night. I don't think even Nelly and Kelly could do that on such short notice (side note: Nelly and Kelly collaborated on a track called Dilemma click here to see what I mean.).
In the meantime Ezekiel has gone to Connecticut to this Yale alumni meet and greet at his bosses country club (aka Whiteboy land they actually say this in episode). Here Ezekiel runs into black servants, racists Yale alumni, a drininking contest, and Shaolin who wasn't on the guest list. And then it happens, a bump into someone that changed everything or in other words $500 of coke that went flying across the bathroom floor. The young white coke snorter and his other white friend get are a little upset about $500 worth of coke now on the floor. Shaolin in my eyes saved them, but as the story goes Ezekiel tries to calm down the situation by replacing the coke with some of Shaolins. This doesn't help at all. The white coke snorter had to say the one thing that was sure to get him fucked up. He yelled, "Is this Nigger Coke?", of which Shaolin literally drop kicked his ass. And then Shaolin proceeded to pull out his Nigger Gun, which didn't nobody want no problems with that. And then Ezekiel and Shaolin ride off into the night on Shaolin's motorcycle.
This season has been filled also with some fucking weird cartoon comic book drawings. And not in a good way, but like they didn't have enough budget to shoot a real life scene so they used cartoon comics to help the story. It didn't. The cartoon comic is basically Cadillac and his crew of flunkees trying to prevent the Get Down brothers from having the party at Les Inferno in order to save disco. Somebody tellem it's dying bro. But the crowd is too much for Cadilac's band of future Influenza patients. The Get Down Brothers pack out Les Inferno. In a last ditch effort Cadillac tries to dance off against Shaolin with some disco boogie. But Shaolin proves that B-Boy dancin is the future. And Shaolin wins the dance off. And Fat Annie is front and center to see the potential of this new thing they call hip-hop.
Just when you thought that was it. Mylene slaps Shaolin for showing up to the country club and pulling a gun out and possibly ending Ezekiel's chances of getting into Yale. But that ain't the only drama. The other Get Down Brothers are all about to get kicked out of their homes because their parents/aunts can't believe that performing at clubs can pay that much. You black with money, you gotta be selling drugs. Right? And none of them want the Get Down Brothers to continue making music. Will this be the end of THE GET DOWN BROTHERS? By the way they didn't mention anything real about hip-hop it. The only thing I learned from this episode was when they were going over Mylene's contract and that was just to say that damn, that shit is filled with legal talk.
The highlight of the episode was when they played "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" by Rose Royce, Which was released in what year? You guessed it, 1978
Take a listen to this joint and stay tuned for what's gonna happen next.