Gatsby director, Baz Luhrmann spoke about working with Jay on the project, calling Jay “a credible and 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.’"
"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."
Jay's a modern day Jay Gatsby, so I can only imagine the poetry he's created. The Great Gatsby opens in theaters May 10, 2013. Hopefully we'll get to hear a new Jay track, very soon.
And in other Jay music news, last night at SXSW, Young Guru previewed the REMIX for Kendrick Lamar's, B*tch, Don’t Kill My Vibe, and Mr. Carter's vocals were featured on the track. Sweet!!! Watch a clip of Guru, playing the song during his DJ set last night.
So when's the official single coming out...let's hope soon.
Source: Life+Times, XXL, Roc Nation
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