Speaking to a panel at the Tribeca Film Festival over the weekend, Baz Luhrmann spoke about working with Nas on his forthcoming Netflix series The Get Down, focusing on the birth of hip-hop in New York and set to star Jaden Smith. "One of the great collaborations is that I've been working really closely 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. And so Nas has been this other huge creative force in the production. And it’s been playing really, really successfully," Baz said.

"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 1990s, and he narrates it through rhyme, through rap." Grandmaster Flash, portrayed by Mamoudou Athie in the show, is also serving as an associate producer. The Get Down debuts on Netflix August 12.