Jay Z to produce and contribute to new Baz Luhrmann film soundtrack

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Film buffs may have to contend with yet another delay of a Baz Luhrmann film – with the cinematic release of The Great Gatsby now postponed to May 30 – but can rest assured that as per usual, the long wait for the film will be worth it (Baz just loves to get his post-production pastiche-perfect).

Meanwhile, news to hand is that the soundtrack for the film will be an event in itself, as Jay Z has been announced as executive producer of it.

Working with long-time Luhrmann soundtrack producer, Craig Armstrong, the brief for the soundtrack seems to be ‘1920s-meets-now’, so who better to take a batch of samples from the original jazz era and turn them into something altogether fresh but Jay Z?

No names have been revealed of who will contribute performances, although it has been confirmed Jay Z himself will be contributing vocals as well as production. 

Says Jay Z in a press statement, “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.”

Add connotations of rap’s innovative take on consumerism and extravagance, it all starts to make perfect sense.