Jay-Z To Score The Great Gatsby
99 problems and temp music ain't one
One of the most intriguing questions of the movie year has been demystified. Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby has a composer, and it's hip-hop mogul and Glastonbury-conquering popster, Jay-Z. 1920s Long Island just got one louder.
If it looks like a typically off-beam musical choice by the man who brought William Shakespeare and Butthole Surfers together, it's not wholly unexpected. The film's two trailers to date have featured Mr Z's collaboration with Kanye West 'No Church In The Wild' from Watch The Throne.
For the Gatsby score, Jay-Z will be working with producer-singer-songwriter Jeymes Samuel, aka The Bullitts, who recently lent his sound to upcoming Western They Die By Dawn. Check out his Star Wars-inspired single Landspeeder here. Samuel broke the news on his Twitter feed:
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
Luhrmann's 3D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel is shaping up nicely. No-one wanted to see another polite, Jack Clayton-lite version of the Jazz Age classic shuffle demurely across the big screen and in The Aussie's hands the chances of that are precisely zilch.
The Great Gatsby arrives on May 17.