Jay-Z has been keeping a low profile on the music scene, although a few features here and there have kept his name buzzing. Fans of the Brooklyn rap vet should be excited to learn that Hov is hard at work on an original score for the sixth film adaption of the class F. Scott Fitzgerald novel The Great Gatsby.
The Bullitts (the moniker of producer/director Jeymes Samuel) tweeted on December 30 that he and Jay-Z were collaborating on a score for Australian director Baz Luhrmann's fifth film starting Leonardo DiCaprio (who plays the lead character Jay Gatsby). Samuel tweeted, “Jay-Z and myself have been working tirelessly on the score for the upcoming #CLASSIC The Great Gatsby! It is too DOPE for words!”
The pairing of Jay-Z and The Great Gatsby score isn't much of a stretch, considering a trailer for the film last year featured he and Kanye West's single “No Church In The Wild” as the backing track. According to an MTV News interview with actress Isla Fisher, Luhrmann is a fan of Jay-Z and actually played the rapper's verses in the background as they shot scenes for the film.
Hopefully Luhrmann's update will be an improvement on the 2002 Hip-Hop influenced reboot of Fitzgerald's novel, G.
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