THE GREAT GATSBY
THE fusion of old timey jazz and modern hip- hop on the Gatsby soundtrack might be Leo DiCaprio’s fault. Apparently he introduced Baz Luhrmann’s right- hand man Anton Monsted to Jay Z’s music via the New York rapper and Kanye’s hit song No Church in the Wild. Next thing you know, Jay Z is writing an original song ( 100$ Bill) for the soundtrack, inspired by a specifi c speakeasy scene from the fi lm. Oh, and Jay Z’s got executive producer credits on the soundtrack album too, so one presumes he greased a few wheels to get other rap/ R& B big names like his wife, Andre 3000 and Q- Tip involved. Beyonce and 3000 are just crazy ( or egotistical) enough to think it’s a good idea to cover an Amy Winehouse classic ( Back to Black). They do an OK job, but it’s still too soon to go there. Like Jay Z, some other high- profi le acts worked up new material inspired directly by imagery from the movie. That’s not the way things are usually done, but the results were worth the effort. The highlight of the album is Lana Del Rey’s haunting lament about a failed romance, Young & Beautiful. With Sia, Gotye and Jack White on board too, it is a star- studded line- up worthy of an over- the- top night out with Baz.