The Jay-Z/Kanye West/Frank Ocean song “No Church in the Wild” has been used in both trailers released so far for Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming film version of “The Great Gatsby.” Now it looks like Jay-Z will have a deeper involvement in the soundtrack to the film itself.
As Billboard pointed out on New Year’s Eve, Jay-Z is apparently working with Jeymes Samuel of producing/songwriting/filmmaking collective The Bullitts to create the score for the film. Samuel tweeted out the news on December 30th:
Jay-Z and myself have been working tirelessly on the score for the upcoming #CLASSIC The Great Gatsby! It is too DOPE for words!
— THE BULLITTS (@TheBullitts) December 30, 2012
Since we’re talking about “the score” as opposed to “the soundtrack” I’m actually a little confused as to what exactly Jay-Z’s role will be here since he’s purely an MC and not any kind of musician or producer. The Billboard post speculates that he may be taking on a role similar to the one he played on the soundtrack to the video game “NBA 2K13,” where he was a “curator” of music by other artists including Phoenix, Dirty Projectors, Daft Punk, Justice, Nas and Kanye West. But if he’s not just selecting pre-existing songs and is actually helping create an instrumental score, how will that fit in with the wall to wall soundtrack of anachronistic pop and rock songs that’s a trademark of all Baz Luhrmann films?
Watch the recently released second trailer to “The Great Gatsby” below: