Why Baz Luhrmann has Jay-Z producing 'Gatsby' soundtrack
March 15th, 2013
04:39 PM ET

Why Baz Luhrmann has Jay-Z producing 'Gatsby' soundtrack

Now Baz Luhrmann's judicious use of Jay-Z's music in the "Great Gatsby" trailers makes even more sense.

The rapper/industry mogul is going to produce the soundtrack to Luhrmann's film, slated to bow in the U.S. May 10 before it opens the Cannes Film Festival on May 15.

Technically, according to a statement, Jay's an executive producer on the adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic. His job includes "procuring, performing, producing and arranging for a soundtrack featuring some of the world's top musical artists."

The rapper's efforts to that end coincide with those of composer Craig Armstrong, who crafted the movie's score.

The statement also reveals that Jay and Luhrmann were introduced by "Gatsby's" Leonardo DiCaprio, who portrays the "Great" character at the center of the tale.

"As soon as I spoke with Baz and Leonardo, I knew this was the right project," Jay said. "'The Great Gatsby' is that classic American story of one's introduction to extravagance, decadence and illusion. It's ripe for experimentation and ready to be interpreted with a modern twist. The imagination Baz brought to 'Moulin Rouge' made it a masterpiece, and 'Romeo + Juliet's' score wasn't just in the background; the music became a character. This film's vision and direction has all the makings of an epic experience."

To give the film a "1920s"-meets-the-present spin, Jay's also contributing original music to the soundtrack. In order to infuse the film's music with the essence of what Fitzgerald put on the page, Jay and writer/producer/director Luhrmann spent two years collaboratively working to "capture, translate and contrast the feelings of Fitzgerald's decadent era with that of our own, using hip-hop and jazz, music contemporary and period, to bring two distinct American moments to simultaneous life," the statement said.

In Luhrmann's eyes, having Jay in this capacity was a "natural fit."

"Fitzgerald was a pioneer, famed and controversial for using the then-new and explosive sound called jazz in his novels and short stories - not just as decoration, but to actively tell story using the immediacy of pop culture. He coined the phrase 'the Jazz Age,'" Luhrmann said. "So, the question for me in approaching 'Gatsby' was how to elicit from our audience the same level of excitement and pop-cultural immediacy toward the world that Fitzgerald did for his audience? And in our age, the energy of jazz is caught in the energy of hip-hop. Not only is Jay-Z a great artist, full stop, but I had heard that he was a great collaborator. Leonardo and I were lucky enough to be present in a recording session over two years ago as Jay-Z was recording 'No Church in the Wild,' and the collaboration grew from there."

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  1. QueenVelveetaJamimaLaqueetaTelmaColenderDaKeeshaaLaWafflez

    Dat Jayz be ugli, he gotz a two car nose!

    March 20, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. OK

    i am white...let's have some fun!!!!

    March 20, 2013 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bar

    THIS IS A WHITE AND ONLY WHITE MOVIE – let the blacks out of it enough of them

    March 20, 2013 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. Leroy J

    JayZ sucks monkey dick.

    March 20, 2013 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. Goranesh

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    March 18, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gonorrhea

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      March 20, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. NextRheaGreenCrapDive


    March 17, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. If you want us to begin to analyze all the imposters...

    between twit, you tube and cnn there are 100% who do not use their REAL names....

    see? your not good at it.

    March 17, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • QueenVelveetaJamimaLaqueetaTelmaColenderDaKeeshaNene

      Oh lord lordy my name be realz!

      March 20, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. IMPOSTER123


    March 17, 2013 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  9. M.A.P. (Mothers against poo)

    Wow Jay Z is kinda shocking to look at. I mean Beyonce is supposed to be the hottest b!tch and this guy's her husbs? He must have a gigantic schlong.

    March 17, 2013 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  10. fun day ahead

    first 2 want me as their gf's..but not ready yet...fun day ahead..

    March 17, 2013 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  11. PeaceDownsideDummie1

    voted: no class, complete and utter embarrassment to her boyfriend...

    thanks again gracie for fone...gotz to rest up for tomorrow..pls deliver cake 1 hour early...grazie

    March 16, 2013 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Alvarez

    Time to take a large steaming dump in the shower.

    March 16, 2013 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Fone

    your ringing goes to another area now called happy 123

    March 16, 2013 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  14. NOT HIM...

    he gets katy

    March 16, 2013 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  15. MaryAnne Past Performances...

    on mommy and daddy phone..

    March 16, 2013 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  16. Nobody On Da Phone Gosselin

    just her.

    March 16, 2013 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  17. WTHH

    Fitzgerald is rolling over in his grave.

    March 16, 2013 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  18. after all the crap she pulls how does she get away with it.


    March 16, 2013 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  19. God is she gullible...


    March 15, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  20. 18 800 service hangups at the house..

    March 15, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Hacked into all parents calls.

    March 15, 2013 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  22. TriumphTheInsultComicDog

    Great so now it will not only be painfully boring to watch but it will be unlistenable as well.

    March 15, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Too Bad Daz Life

    and that's the way it will go...

    March 15, 2013 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Marina

    its just a joke

    March 15, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Bill

    Inappropriate choice...

    March 15, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  26. No it it is not a bad idea and it never was a bad idea...

    they WILL be friends...they are NOT going to be mean to each other anymore-the mean stuff is the influences on both sides - my side is cooling down now and the junk is over...

    March 15, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Bulgaria

    its a bad idea....its a bad idea...

    March 15, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Angie

    How long have these two been dating?

    March 15, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Marina

    springsTeen is the boss...whatever he wants as long as its low key and his work ethic and responsibilites are first.
    daz it...

    March 15, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Bulimia

    its not a good idea....its a bad idea...

    March 15, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Jeff

    These two guys make a cute couple. I hope they will have a long happy relationship.

    March 15, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Spock

    I think he asked him because he is stupid. And an embicile.

    March 15, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Marina

    its is not a bad idea....its a good idea...

    March 15, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Nate

    Seems like a really bad idea. Now I am having second thoughts about this film.

    March 15, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |

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