"Prince wanted me to have that song"
An unreleased Prince song will feature on the soundtrack of Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’, it has been revealed.
The iconic director has won widespread praise with his latest film, which follows the real life story of Ron Stallworth, an African American detective who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s.
Now, it’s been confirmed that Lee has secured the use of unreleased Prince track ‘Mary Don’t You Weep’,which plays during the film’s end credits.
“I knew that I needed an end-credits song,” the Malcolm X director told Rolling Stone.
“I’ve become very close with Troy Carter, one of the executives at Spotify [and a Prince estate advisor].
“So I invited Troy to a private screening. And after, he said, ‘Spike, I got the song.’ And that was ‘Mary Don’t You Weep,’ which had been recorded on cassette in the mid-80s.”
He added: “Prince wanted me to have that song, I don’t care what nobody says.My brother Prince wanted me to have that song. For this film.
“There’s no other explanation to me. This cassette is in the back of the vaults. In Paisley Park. And all of a sudden, out of nowhere, it’s discovered? Nah-ah. That ain’t an accident.”
In June, Lee also admitted that he was open to the prospect of directing a Prince biopic, after hosting a second annual party in the music icon’s honour.
“I’d love to, but it’s not for me to say. It’d have to come from the estate or the publishing house or the label — I’d love to, but I can’t just say ‘I’m doing it'”, he revealed.
BlacKkKlansman won huge acclaim when it debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May, scooping the prestigious Grand Prix prize. It is set for UK release on August 24.