Baz Luhrmann Praises Jay-Z For ‘Totally Nailing’ The Great Gatsby Soundtrack

Baz Luhrmann Praises Jay-Z For 'Totally Nailing' The Great Gatsby Soundtrack

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Baz Luhrmann clearly has no second thoughts about choosing Jay-Z as executive producer of the ‘Great Gatsby’ soundtrack, revealing that the hip-hop mogul “totally nailed” the record as he understood the true meaning of the movie.

Jay-Z not only produced the soundtrack, but features on the record alongside Emeli Sande, Beyonce, Lana Del Rey, Jack White and Florence Welch. In order to gain a sense of the essence of the movie, the ‘N****s In Paris’ hitmaker was treated to a special viewing of the film by Luhrmann who says that the rapper instantly knew what the deeper meaning was.

“Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz were two of the first people to see a rough cut of the film,” Luhrmann told MTV News.

“Jay watched it, and he was fantastic. He and Swizz were talking. I’m like, ‘What are they talking about?’ And at the end, [Jay-Z] said, ‘This story is not about how Jay Gatsby made his money; it’s is he a good person or not.”

Explaining the meaning, Luhrmann continued: “He totally nailed that the book was aspirational. That the book was really about, if you’ve got a cause, you can move towards a green light. That you don’t reach it isn’t the point; that you aspire is.”

Luhrmann goes on to explain how he encouraged Jay-Z to capture the 20s jazz vibe of the movie, saying: “I showed [Jay-Z] my little video of how we had to find a way of making the jazz, blend it between hip-hop and all kinds of music.

“And I was about halfway through it, and Jay [seemed really into it]. And I said, ‘Maybe you’d be interested?’ And he looked up like, ‘What are you talking about interested? We’ve got to do this!’”

Sounds like Jay-Z was the right man! Listen to a snippet of the soundtrack below…

Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Florence Welch Lead The Great Gatsby Premiere In New York
Carey Mulligan at The Great Gatsby premiere in New York (WENN)