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Jay-Z To Compose Original Score For The Great Gatsby

Submitted by on January 3, 2013 – 10:03 amNo Comment

So far, each trailer for Baz Luhrmann‘s hotly anticipated adaptation of The Great Gatsby has opened with the sounds of Jay-Z and Kanye West‘s “Church in the Wild.” But the film about Jazz Age excess will apparently be getting an even bigger dose of Hova swagger: Jay-Z is collaborating on an entire original score.

Jay is reportedly working with The Bullitts, a collectively led by musician and filmmaker Jeymes Samuel. Bullitts tweeted the news on Sunday, saying the score “is too DOPE for words!”

At The Atlantic (clearly the definitive source for hip-hop news), James Hamblin makes a cheeky argument that Jay-Z and Gatsby in fact have a lot in common, though Jay might win on certain merits: they are self-made, impeccably stylized men who are famously associated with a western suburb of Manhattan; but while “Gatsby’s entire existence is defined by a girl problem,” Jay-Z is happily married and notably declared that of his problems, a woman “ain’t one.”

Jay-Z’s music is also featured in the recent trailer for the Jackie Robinson biopic 42. His song “Brooklyn (Go Hard)” plays underneath scenes of another Brooklyn native son. And his tenth studio album, American Gangster, was released in connection with the Denzel Washington movie of the same name about 70′s drug lord Frank Lucas. I guess Jay is becoming the go-to guy to give a period piece some modern day grit and credibility?

What do you think about a Jay-Z Great Gatsby score?

[via CNN]

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