Jay-Z is producing and performing music for The Great Gatsby’s soundtrack. The artist is collaborating with composer Craig Armstrong for the endeavor, which will feature original Hov-spun, F. Scott Fitzgerald-inspired material.
In a press release, the rap mogul told Reuters: “As soon as I spoke with Baz [Luhrmann] and Leonardo [DiCaprio], I knew this was the right project. The Great Gatsby is that classic American story of one's introduction to extravagance, decadence and illusion.”
“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?” he added: “And in our age, the energy of jazz is caught in the energy of hip-hop."
Another project that Jay-Z has his hands on is the forthcoming made-for-the-big-screen musical Annie, a project he’s signed on for as producer.
With a little ghetto tweaking, the Broadway hit’s orphan anthem “It’s a Hard Knock Life” is also the subject of Jay-Z’s single “Hard Knock Life,” helmed as one of the best rap songs of 1998.
And that’s not to mention the countless other classics that Jay-Z has sampled in his songs—from Isaac Hayes’ “The Look of Love” in “Can I Live” to Lonnie Liston Smith’s “A Garden of Peace” in “Dead Presidents II” to The Moments’ “Love On A Two Way Street” in “Empire State of Mind.”
The result of which is generally pretty awesome.
Watch The Great Gatsby trailer, which features the single “No Child in the Wild,” by Jay-Z, Kanye West and Frank Ocean below: