Jay-Z plans to put a modern spin on jazz when he lends himself to the soundtrack for "The Great Gatsby."
Although the Bullitts, the musical designation for producer/musician Jeymes Samuel, leaked the news late last year, Jay-Z’s involvement was officially confirmed Friday in a release from Warner Bros.
Jay-Z said he will bring a modern "Jazz Age" energy to the soundtrack for the adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel of 1920s America. He also promised the score will feature “the world's top musical artists,” an easy guarantee when your wife is Beyonce and you count Kanye West and Chris Martin among your friends.
The multi-platinum rapper/mogul was introduced to Luhrmann by Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays the mysterious titular character, and this led to a two-year collaboration. "As soon as I spoke with Baz and Leonardo, I knew this was the right project," Jay-Z said in a statement.