Watch Jay-Z, Baz Luhrman, and others discuss the “The Great Gatsby” soundtrack.
By now you’ve probably streamed and re-streamed The Great Gatsby soundtrack so often that you could literally throw a “Gatsby”-themed karaoke party and wouldn’t even have to Google (and then print out) the lyrics. That in mind, we’re sure you’ve wondered once or twice just how on Earth Baz Luhrmann got all of those musical heavyweights together to help build the Gatsby soundtrack! Well, now you can find out in an exclusive video about the Jay-Z-produced soundtrack, featuring interviews with Lana Del Rey, Florence + The Machine, The xx, Bryan Ferry, and more.
Watch Lana Del Rey, Florence + The Machine, and Jay-Z discuss the Great Gatsby soundtrack after the jump.
In the video, each of the soundtrack’s contributors praise “Gatsby” director Baz Luhrmann, saying that in addition to his films, his soundtracks are also “iconic.” In his interview, Gatsby soundtrack producer Jay-Z touches on the soundtrack’s immense Jazz Age influence: “I like to think of it as a character.” And how could it not be, with songs like Beyoncé and Andre 3000’s “Back To Black” cover, Jay-Z’s “100$ Bill,” and Emeli Sandé’s “Crazy In Love” take??
Leonardo DiCaprio (he plays Jay Gatsby!) also shows up to talk about the soundtrack and its hip-hop influence: “I love how infusing hip-hop makes you understand the sort of cultural references and what it would be like if these people existed today.” Yeah, so, Jay-Z PLUS Leo speaking intelligently about music? You MIGHT wanna tune in — and maybe also watch Leo DiCaprio in the privacy of your own home. (TMI.)
Catch “The Great Gatsby” soundtrack when it drops tomorrow!
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