How We Got On is the story of Hank, a teenager that moves from the city to the suburbs and wants to be a rapper. After his move, he meets Julian, whom he quickly challenges to a rap battle. He loses badly to Julian but then they decide to team up with Hank doing the writing and Julian doing the singing. Along comes Luann, who wants to join the group. Julian doesn’t want her in the group which leads to a big confrontation with her. The ensuing rap battle between them is a highlight of the show.
The play shares similarities to Straight Outta Compton. They are both about the early days of hip-hop. They both have a lot of songs in them but not so much that they would be considered musicals. Hank even mentions how Ice Cube ghost wrote for Eazy-E, just like he is doing for Julian.
The soundtrack for this show is fantastic. Set It Off by Big Daddy Kane, The Message by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five featuing Melle Mel & Duke Bootee, and Rapper’s Delight by The Sugarhill Gang are just a few of the great songs included. Hopefully the cast will record the songs from the play also. For all fans of 80’s hip hop, this play is a must see.
Get tickets now for How We Got On through November 12th!