Jay-Z Confirmed to Executive Produce and Perform on 'The Great Gatsby' Soundtrack
Published Mar 14, 2013Late last year, rumours surfaced that Jay-Z would help score Baz Luhrmann's upcoming movie adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, and now an official announcement has placed Hova as the soundtrack's executive producer.
A tracklisting hasn't yet been made available, but a press release notes that the soundtrack will find Jay-Z "procuring, performing, producing and arranging for a soundtrack featuring some of the world's top musical artists." The score itself, however, will come from composer Craig Armstrong (Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge).
The press sheet explains that Jay-Z was introduced to Luhrmann by actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays Gatsby in the film and helped steer the rapper and filmmaker towards collaborating over a two-year period on the Jazz Age film.
"As soon as I spoke with Baz and Leonardo, I knew this was the right project. The Great Gatsby is that classic American story of one's introduction to extravagance, decadence and illusion. It's ripe for experimentation and ready to be interpreted with a modern twist," Jay-Z said in a statement. "The imagination Baz brought to Moulin Rouge made it a masterpiece, and Romeo + Juliet's score wasn't just in the background; the music became a character. This film's vision and direction has all the makings of an epic experience."
Luhrmann, meanwhile, said having Jigga onboard was "a credible and natural fit." He added, "Fitzgerald was a pioneer, famed and controversial for using the then-new and explosive sound called jazz in his novels and short stories-not just as decoration, but to actively tell story using the immediacy of pop culture. He coined the phrase 'the Jazz Age.'
"So, the question for me in approaching Gatsby was how to elicit from our audience the same level of excitement and pop-cultural immediacy toward the world that Fitzgerald did for his audience? And in our age, the energy of jazz is caught in the energy of hip-hop. Not only is Jay-Z a great artist, full stop, but I had heard that he was a great collaborator. Leonardo and I were lucky enough to be present in a recording session over two years ago as Jay-Z was recording 'No Church in the Wild,' and the collaboration grew from there."
As previously reported, Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne opener "No Church in the Wild" had appeared in an early trailer for the film, and the Bullitts' Jeymes Samuel had tweeted about their impending collaboration for the soundtrack, calling it "too DOPE for words!"
A due date has yet to arrive for the soundtrack, which will arrive via Interscope Records, but The Great Gatsby opens in theatres May 10.