"The Beat Says, This Is the Way" is the 2nd episode of the second part of The Get Down, and the 8th episode overall in the series.
Zeke's Ivy League meeting goes off the rails. Ra-Ra has a bold musical proposition for Fat Annie resulting in an explosive musical showdown at Les Inferno.
- Jimmy Smits as Francisco "Papa Fuerte" Cruz
- Justice Smith as Ezekiel
- Herizen Guardiola as Mylene Cruz
- Shameik Moore as Shaolin Fantastic
- Skylan Brooks as Ra-Ra
- T.J. Brown Jr. as Boo-Boo
- Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Cadillac
- Mamoudou Athie as Grandmaster Flash.
- Jaden Smith as Marcus “Dizzee” Kipling
- Giancarlo Esposito as Pastor Ramon Cruz
- Daveed Diggs as adult Ezekiel "Mr. Books" Figuero
- Stefanée Martin as Yolanda Kipling
- Shyrley Rodriguez as Regina Diaz
- Kevin Corrigan as Jackie Moreno
- Michel Gill as Herbert Gunns
- Zabryna Guevara as Lydia Cruz
- Lillias White as Fat Annie
- Eric Bogosian as Roy Asheton
- Noah Le Gros as Thor