Jay-Z writing music about Jay Gatsby actually makes sense
Jay-Z is a New York artist. From "Empire State of Mind" to opening the Barclays Center in Brooklyn last fall, to brunching with Beyoncé at Buttermilk Channel in Carroll Gardens, they represent hip-hop swank in New York. And we dont't think it's too much of a stretch to see that Jay-Z is an undoubted mogul in the true style of Jay Gatsby.
Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby was delayed in its release -- buzz was the Christmas release would hurt Oscar chances, but a more reasonable explanation was Luhrmann was commissioning pop artists. Now, the word is that Jay-Z is composing an original score with The Bullitts. The Bullitts tweeted: "Jay-Z and myself have been working tirelessly on the score for the upcoming #CLASSIC The Great Gatsby! It is too DOPE for words!"
While we all know Twitter is the source of all wisdom, it makes sense. Yes, someone has already made the Jay (Z and Gatsby) connection, but Jay-Z's music is so quintessentially New York with a heavy dose of fight-your-way-to-the-top decadence, that it fits perfectly with a Jay Gatsby sentiment. Luhrmann is famous for using anachronistic pop music in period pieces (re: Moulin Rouge), but here it seems more than a gimmick, and actually a pretty dope idea.
|Great Gatsby Trailer (2012)|