It's no secret that Quentin Tarantino films historically have phenomenal scores, often including musical genres ranging from classical to soul to excerpts from Spaghetti Westerns. The Weinstein Company and Loma Vista Recordings unveiled the official tracklisting for the Django Unchained soundtrack to the public this past Wednesday. But what came as a surprise to some was the Academy Award winning director's Hip-Hop selection on the project, particularly Rick Ross' "100 Black Coffins" serving as its lead single.
Rozay, John Legend, and Anthony Hamilton are among the artist who contributed to the soundtrack, which also includes a track by late legends James Brown and Tupac Shakur. The film's star, Jamie Foxx, actually produced "100 Black Coffins," featured in the third trailer that was released yesterday.
In a press release, Quentin Tarantino expressed his deepest gratitude to all who appeared on the project. "In addition to the new original songs I am also using a lot of older recordings on the soundtrack—many of which came from my personal vinyl collection," explained Tarantino. "Instead of having the record companies give me new digitally cleaned up versions of these recordings from the 60's and 70's, I wanted to use the vinyl I've been listening to for years—complete with all the pops and cracks. I even kept the sound of the needle being put down on the record. Basically because I wanted people's experience to be the same as mine when they hear this soundtrack for the first time."
You can also see the Django Unchained soundtrack's artwork and tracklist on the next page. Listen to "100 Black Coffins" below.
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