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Jay-Z to produce new music for The Great Gatsby soundtrack

March 15th, 2013

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Warner Bros. has officially announced that rapper Jay-Z will be the executive producer for Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic, The Great Gatsby. Jay-Z and other yet to be announced current top artists will contribute new songs to the film’s soundtrack, which will be scored by composer Craig Armstrong.

Although the story is set in the 1920s Jazz Age, it’s fair to assume that the music will be completely modern, considering all released trailers have only used contemporary artists. The first trailer for the film featured two modern songs, including Love Is Blindness by Jack White and No Church in the Wild by Jay-Z and Kanye West. The second trailer featured Florence and the Machine’s Bedroom Hymns.

According to the Warner Bros. press release, Luhrmann and Jay-Z were introduced to each other by the film’s star, Leonardo DiCaprio. The two were present for Jay-Z’s recording of No Church in the Wild two years ago. Luhrmann calls this collaboration with the superstar rapper, a “credible and natural fit.”

Jay-Z also released a statement showing his enthusiasm for the project. “It’s ripe for experimentation and ready to be interpreted with a modern twist,” said Jay-Z. “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.”

The concept of using modern music for this period piece will not be popular for most fans of the book. It’s like suggesting a remake of Singin’ in the Rain but with contemporary music. Maybe this is all part of Baz Luhrman’s innovative vision that will surprise and inspire us. One thing is for sure: This is definitely not going to be The Great Gatsby you imagined when you read the book in high school.

The Great Gatsby will be released into theaters on May 10, 2013. What are your thoughts on Jay-Z’s involvement with The Great Gatsby soundtrack?

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