Jay-Z Composing Original Soundtrack For The Great Gatsby

By January 1, 2013

Baz Luhrmann has a successful track record of being able to mix period films with multiple music genres and rich colors to create lush landscapes that keep your eyeballs enthralled for 90 minutes or more.

And it seems he’s at it again as word got out Sunday that Jay-Z will be composing the original score for his latest film, The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan.

No, really!

Jay-Z is hard at work with fellow musician The Bullitts (aka Jeymes Samuel) composing the ENTIRE original score (as confirmed by Bullitts himself on Twitter)

If you’re expecting the lively, muted horns of jazz and ragtime from the Roaring Twenties, guess again. This latest trailer features music from Florence And The Machine and is a good indicator of the what’s to come for Gatsby.

Seems a little different from what F. Scott Fitzgerald may have had in mind while writing this classic tale of a man named Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) and his peculiar yet intriguing neighbor, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio). Obsession and tragedy are on the menu, something Baz Luhrmann is well versed in – as evidenced in previous films like the Oscar-nominated William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet and Oscar-winning Moulin Rouge!

Nick (Tobey Maguire) and Jay (Leonardo DiCaprio) enjoying the show.

If you’re worried about what Jay-Z and The Bullitts are gonna bring to the table, I’d gently recommend to change your way of thinking from foreboding to excitement.

After all, he’s not the first rap artist to dip their toes in film scores; Wu-Tang Clan’s The RZA has made a very nice living at it, having composed the scores to Ghost Dog: The Way Of The SamuraiBlade: Trinity, Afro Samurai (tv series, video game and tv movie, Afro Samurai: Resurrection) and of course his most famous work, Kill Bill Vol. 1.

Doesn’t sound much like rap, does it?  Nope; sounds like four different genres interacting seamlessly within to create two amazing tracks that tell me “foreboding, revenge and impending doom are soon to come” to me.

So hold off any further judgment until The Great Gatsby hits theaters in all its 3D glory next May 10, 2013!  And if even THEN you still don’t like it…I’ll buy ya a Dum-Dum lolly.

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