The Let Down: Netflix’s Ambitious Take on the Birth of Hip Hop Falls Flat

7 thoughts on “The Let Down: Netflix’s Ambitious Take on the Birth of Hip Hop Falls Flat”

  1. Very poor review. This article reflects a mindset out of touch with many asthetics of the series. I believe the writer is out of thier element and called sholin fantastic, sholin famous lol. Very indicative the writer has no clue.

    1. “Shoalin” Fantastic, I’ll gladly culp to the use of Famous over Fantastic-let’s call it a typo… Cinematically the show was good, but the character development and writing fell short. Netflix took a gamble and it didn’t pay off. The history of the birth of hip hop deserved more than what it got with this.

      1. The reason why you don’t like the show is because you missed the connection. You can’t relate to that era or the issues going on around that time but I can. I like how the setting was in the south bronx and not brooklyn or queens. I’m from the south burbs of Chicago and believe it or not, shit is getting real rough out here and the bronx street numbers is just like the south burbs. This series reminds me of home.

      2. I hear what you are saying but relating to the SBX isn’t really the point. There are themes that transcend plot that allow people to relate to a story even though that isn’t a shared experience. The show actually did a decent job of showing the economic social and political forces that plagued NYC in the late 70’s and that is a story that resonates w many. As a fan of hip hop the series just didn’t speak to me. Enjoy season 2.

  2. Well, just because it didn’t relate to you, as a hip-hop fan, doesn’t mean it didn’t relate to someone else, as one. If it’s as popular as, I’ve heard it is, Netflix must of done something right. It is a show, carried by music buffs, and actually rappers from that era. Unless you were around during the 70s or you just appreciate the beginnings of hip-hop (which isn’t the 90s) the show won’t speak to you.

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