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After 40 years of constantly looking forward, hip-hop has started looking backwards. Back towards its pioneers, its originators and the people and times that became pivotal to the growth of the culture as a whole. On Monday, VH1 premiered The Breaks, a period film set in 1990 built around Dan Charnas’ The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop. Later this year, Netflix will premiere a series by noted director Baz Luhrmann in The Get Down.

The Get Down follows a group of young musicians, taggers and dancers in the Bronx in the late 1970s, just as hip-hop was in its infancy. The series chronicles the simulatneous rises of hip-hop, disco and punk with the thriving New York art scene. The first trailer for the music-driven drama can be seen below with splashes of stage performance, nightclub shootings and artists living the struggle of trying to figure out how best to further their crafts and talents.

“The pale-faced media tells us we’re all going to hell,” a narrator begins. “But maybe we just the first ones to light the fire. I’m trying to snuff it out, but that’s like oxygen to a flame.”

The trailer offers small looks into the show’s well diverse cast, from Jimmy Smits, Justice Smith, Herizen Guardiola, Shameik Moore and holds a prominent scene where DJ Grandmaster Flash (played by Mamoudou Athie) teaches his young crew about “Universal DJ Rule 17”: “In order to fly, a DJ must trust his wings.”

Watch the trailer below. The Get Down premieres on Netflix later this year though at the moment its unclear what the actual premiere date is.