"UNFOLD YOUR OWN MYTH"
Here we are again. The Get Down. Back for Part 2. So let's jump into the first episode. The story starts in the Fall of 1978 with our main character Ezekiel aka Books. He is still at his internship in Manhattan high risers where he starts out reminiscing on everything that had happened and everything that had changed in the last year. His girl Mylene is now a disco star which he loves and every other dude also loves too. Still true is the fact that Ezekiel and his friends "The Get Down Brothers" want their own kingdom in New York like the great hip hop crews that have already made their kingdoms in New York.
Their are some historical relevance that's sprinkled throughout the episode such as the Yankees winning the World Series and Congress Passing the Equal Rights Amendment. You know, some important things to make the story seem legit. Getting back to the story Shaolin Fantastic gets to run a nightclub because now he is a big shot dealer and has moved his way up in the ranks. And ya'll remember from last season he had to do a little extra (sleep with Fat Annie cough!) to get back into the game. So this new nightclub is a front for Fat Annie's drug dealing. But an added bonus is that The Get Down Brothers also get to perform at the club and rock the crowd while rocks are being handed out. And of course Shaolin is the main DJ on the turntables. The Get Down Brothers are finally getting paid (they get $10 a show and Shaolin gets a brown envelope that looks like more than $10). So the Get Down Brothers learn the difference between rap money and dope money at that time which was a big difference.
We find out that Cadillac is still trying to push "Disco Biscuit" into the clubs. Can you believe he still thinks this is his hit? But Mylene's hit "Set Me Free" has gotten her all the way to a live television performance on Platinum Boogie which is a Soul Train look-a-like. At this same time Mylene finds out that the people closest to her can have their own agenda and out for their personal gain also. Including her father who wants to use her fame to get ahead in the church community. And can you believe she still getting an allowance? Really!!
In this episode we also find out more about Ezekiel's past. His father was a drug dealer, same as Shaolin. But the same way that his father made money to provide was the same reason that him and Ezekiel's mother died. This is why Ezekiel doesn't like drug dealers and consequently doesn't want to see his friend Shaolin go down this same path.
Relationships: Relationships seem to be theme of this episode. Their are alot of tangled webs and weaves happening. Like Ezekiel finds out the hard way that Mylene's public fame means their relationship ain't gonna be that public. Ezekiel also gets finds out how music can help you get the girls when his bosses daughter starts talking coming onto him during a personal hip-hop lesson. Mylene finds out the labels A&R is tryna hit it. But it's really Mylene's momma who is getting hit by her uncle. What a drama huh?
This episode was about the dichotomy of Ezekiel being from the hood and also balancing this with being in the board room. It was really one big drama. One thing that really stood out tho is:
THERE WAS NO HIP HOP LESSONS IN ANY OF THIS SHIT!!!
But sit back and relax, we still got more episodes to review.