Jay-Z is Producing the Score for Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby'

January 2, 2013
Source: Twitter

Jay-Z / The Great Gatsby

Before 2012 came to an end, a brand new glorious trailer for Baz Luhrmann's flashy adaptation of The Great Gatsby arrived with more modern music used to drive the classic story from F. Scott Fitzgerald. It's not surprising since Luhrmann used modern music for Moulin Rouge, but this new film isn't a musical. Back in October we learned musicians like Prince and Lady Gaga had expressed great interest in doing music for the film, but we've yet to hear any official names for the soundtrack roster. But when it comes to the score, musician Jeymes Samuel (singer and producer of the band The Bullitts) revealed on Twitter (via The Film Stage) that rapper and producer Jay-Z is producing the score and that sounds pretty cool.

Samuel said this through the Twitter account for The Bullitts, "Jay-Z and myself have been working tirelessly on the score for the upcoming #CLASSIC The Great Gatsby! It is too DOPE for words!” So there you have it. We're not sure just how involved the musicians are with the score as a whole, especially since Craig Armstrong is supposed to be the film's composer, but it should bring some contemporary flare to the film. Personally, I like the change of pace in period dramas by using contemporary music for the soundtrack instead of the usual sweeping romantic score. Obviously orchestral music in a film can be beautiful and shouldn't be shunned, but I like what Lurhmann is attempting to do with the music.

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OfficialJab on Jan 2, 2013


I like it. Contemporary music not being used in period pieces shouldn't be some weird rule. That's like saying 'You can't make a movie about the 1800s because movies didn't exist back then'...the 'music' in a film isn't technically part of it's reality, it's accompanying it to communicate the mood or feeling, and there shouldn't be parameters on that. "I've Got A Name" playing during Django Unchained was perfect to drive home the feel of what was going on at that point in the film.

Chris Groves on Jan 2, 2013


I think Outkast would have been better, IDLEWILD's score was the $hit, even if the movie was not that great.

DAVIDPD on Jan 2, 2013


Dumb. My biggest problem with the newest trailer was the use of ridiculous modern music.

Chiroptera Exsanguination on Jan 3, 2013

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