Baz Luhrmann is co-producing a new Netflix series with Nas!
Director Baz Luhrmann has heaped praise on Nas after recruiting the rapper to co-produce his new hip-hop series The Get Down.
The Australian filmmaker’s forthcoming period drama follows a group of talented teens growing up in New York’s South Bronx in the 1970s, and he reveals Nas has been helping him write the rhymes for one of the characters, who becomes a successful rap star in the 1990s.
Speaking at the Big Apple’s Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday (23Apr16), Luhrmann explained, “One of the things which I don’t think anyone knows, because it’s not in the trailers – and we’ve been doing this for about a year now – is that one of the characters goes on and we discover that he’s actually a successful rap star in the 90’s, and he narrates it through rhyme, through rap.
“One of the great collaborations is that I’ve been working really closely (with) in creating these rhymes – and he’s a producer on the film, with one of the most iconic voices of the 1990s – and that’s Nas (sic). And so Nas has been this other huge creative force in the production. And it’s been playing really, really successfully.”
He added, “(Nas’ contributions are somewhere between) pure rap, narration and sort of Greek chorus comment. We weren’t sure about it when we began, and we couldn’t do without it now.”
The Get Down also boasts Grandmaster Flash as an executive producer, while Madame Secretary actor Mamoudou Athie and Jaden Smith will also feature, alongside Dope’s Shameik Moore, Paper Towns actor Justice Smith, and The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete’s Skylan Brooks.
The 13-episode series is set to debut on streaming service Netflix in August (16).