So, Jay-Z isn't writing the score to Baz Luhrman's The Great Gatsby after all. According to the studio, he will be contributing to and producing the soundtrack, which is sure to be amazing (I still have the soundtrack to Luhrman's Moulin Rouge in heavy rotation on my iTunes) but the score for the actual movie is going to be written by Craig Armstrong (no relation to Tour de France liar Lance).
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Jeymes Samuel of The Bullitts (who apparently went to a school district where they do not teach spelling) originally Twittered that the two of them were busy writing the score.
Jay-Z and myself have been working tirelessly on the score for the upcoming #CLASSIC The Great Gatsby! It is too DOPE for words!
— THE BULLITTS (@TheBullitts) December 30, 2012
Turns out he was wrong. That's what you get for trusting a guy who can't spell. Anyway, doesn't RZA already have a lock on the "rapper turned film score writer/movie maker" role? We don't need a turf war between these two. That rap beef nonsense is so 1998.
An official press release (via Reuters) sheds light on how the rumors began in the first place. Apparently Luhrmann and Jay-Z were introduced by Leonardo DiCaprio (who plays Jay Gatsby in the film), and it led to a two-year collaborative effort. Per the release, "During this time, Jay-Z worked with Luhrmann and his team to capture, translate and contrast the feelings of Fitzgerald's decadent era with that of our own, using hip-hop and jazz, music contemporary and period, to bring two distinct American moments to simultaneous life."
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In what would have been the biggest story about rap royalty today — had it not been for the announcement of the impending birth of Sir/Lady West-Kardashian, the joyous bun in Kim Kardashian’s oven — Jay-Z is confirmed as the man behind the music for Baz Luhrmann’s summer release, The Great Gatsby.
Sorry, everyone who cried “By jove, there were no Jay-Z or Kanye West songs in the 1920s!” upon first viewing of the film’s trailer, which is draped in the aural opulence of the sometimes-duo’s “No Church in the Wild.” Jeymes Samuel of The Bullitts confirmed yesterday on his official Twitter (via The Film Stage) that he and Jay-Z have been working “tirelessly” on the score for the upcoming adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s canonical novel. The rap-laden soundtrack is imminent, dissenters, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
Of course, fans of Luhrmann’s previous films, including Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet (which also starred Leonardo DiCaprio) will feel right at home with such an innovative choice for the film’s score. Both period pieces included stylized versions of modern classics like The Police’s “Roxanne” and “When Doves Cry” by Prince. Clearly, Luhrmann’s never been a fan of sticking with period appropriate elements in his films, and he’s got one of the most well-respected names in the music industry (and in pop culture, in general) at the helm. At the very least, there is a method to his arguable madness.
Of course, with West’s first born and Jay-Z conquering yet another entertainment venture (how does he even have time to attend all those Brooklyn Nets games?), these two may just take over the world. If we only knew how literal Watch The Throne was back in 2011.
The Great Gatsby hits theaters in May 2013.
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