Baz Luhrmann: 'Jay-Z totally nailed 'The Great Gatsby''

Filmmaker talks up rapper's role as executive producer of soundtrack LP

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The Great Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann has praised Jay-Z's work on the film's soundtrack by insisting that he "totally nailed" it.

Luhrmann recruited the rapper as the executive producer of the soundtrack album - a role which saw him oversee the film's score, which features contributions from the likes of Lana Del Rey, The xx, Jack White, Beyonce and Outkast's Andre 3000.

In an interview with MTV, the filmmaker said: "Jay-Z and Swzz Beats were two of the first people to see a rough cut of the film. 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?'"

"He totally nailed that the book was aspirational," he added. "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."

The soundtrack album, which was released on May 6, also features new songs from Florence And The Machine, Gotye, Bryan Ferry, Will.i.am and Nero, in addition to Jay-Z's own track '100$ Bill'. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to watch the video for Lana Del Rey's contribution to the LP titled 'Young And Beautiful'.

'100$ Bill' – Jay-Z
'Back To Black' – Beyonce x Andre 3000
'Bang Bang' – will.i.am
'A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)' – Fergie + Q Tip + GoonRock
'Young And Beautiful' – Lana Del Rey
'Love Is The Drug' – Bryan Ferry with The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
'Over The Love' – Florence + The Machine
'Where The Wind Blows' – Coco O of Quadron
'Crazy In Love' – Emeli Sande and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
'Together' – The xx
'Hearts A Mess' – Gotye
'Love Is Blindness' – Jack White
'Into The Past' – Nero
'Kill And Run' – Sia


The Great Gatsby is in cinemas from May 17 and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire.



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