If you were anything like us last year, when you made it to the final episode of Netflix’s The Get Down you were downright despondent when you realized you’d have to wait until 2017 for the second part of Baz Luhrmann‘s glossy hip-hop drama. Well, in case you hadn’t noticed, 2017 is finally here and with it brings news of the show’s return date of April 7th. To deliver the news, Luhrmann and Netflix have released a 15-second teaser trailer and from the looks of it, season two promises more of the same nostalgic look at hip-hop’s early beginnings combined with the action and drama of teenage life that got us hooked in the first place.
In the short, but oh-so-sweet clip, we see that Mylene (portrayed by actress Herizen Guardiola) seems to have found success in the secular world as her Pentacostal preacher dad played by Giancarlo Esposito watches from the audience. It also looks as if things are on the up-and-up for the Get Down crew consisting of rhymesayer Ezekiel (Justice Smith); DJ/ninja-hopeful Shaolin Fantastic (Shameik Moore); and brothers Boo-Boo (T.J. Brown, Jr.), Dizzee (Jaden Smith) and Ra-Ra (Skylan Brooks). While we don’t actually see the face of the show’s resident bad boy Cadillac (Yahya Abdul-Mateen), based on his flashy personality of the first season, one can infer that the glimpse of a gold-decked person at the teaser’s beginning could be none other than the disco-dancing gangster. The show manages to pack a lot of action into the clip as we also see a motorcycle sequence, a gritty New York City backdrop, and, of course, lots of music.
Part II of The Get Down picks up a year after Part I’s conclusion in 1978 when disco still reigned supreme and hip-hop was still in its infant stages. Luhrmann continues to serve as the series’ director and executive producer alongside Nas who is also one of the show’s executive producers and ghostwrites much of the lyrics. Grandmaster Flash also returns as one of the show’s associate producers. Though we’ll have to wait until April to find out how things play out, we hope we won’t have to wait much longer to get a longer trailer. Check out the snippet below and see if it doesn’t get you excited about the return of this fun and fictional take on hip-hop’s early beginnings.