Jay-Z To Executive Produce For “The Great Gatsby” Soundtrack
Jay-Z will be executively producing and recording original music for the upcoming Baz Luhrmann movie, The Great Gatsby.
According to sources, Jay will be overseeing the soundtrack that will feature “a varied collection of the world’s most talented and compelling musical artists.” Luhrmann said he was particularly interested in introducing Hov to the project as Jay-Z was a “natural fit”.
Luhrmann says, “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.”