Jay-Z talks about Luhrmann bond
Jay-Z has described working with Baz Luhrmann and Leonardo DiCaprio on The Great Gatsby soundtrack as "an epic experience".
The Grammy-winning rapper has collaborated with the filmmaker in the role of executive producer to create the music for the big-screen adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald's novel, which stars Leonardo, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire.
Jay-Z said: "As soon as I spoke with Baz and Leonardo, I knew this was the right project. The Great Gatsby is that classic American story of one's introduction to extravagance, decadence and illusion. It's ripe for experimentation and ready to be interpreted with a modern twist.
"The imagination Baz brought to Moulin Rouge made it a masterpiece, and Romeo And Juliet's score wasn't just in the background; the music became a character. This film's vision and direction has all the makings of an epic experience," he added.
Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, produced and arranged the soundtrack alongside composer Craig Armstrong, as well as performing some of his own original music, after the pair were introduced by Leonardo.
Baz called the partnership with the rapper as "a credible and natural fit".
"In our age, the energy of jazz is caught in the energy of hip-hop. Not only is Jay-Z a great artist, but I had heard that he was a great collaborator," he explained.
"Leonardo and I were lucky enough to be present in a recording session over two years ago as Jay-Z was recording No Church In The Wild, and the collaboration grew from there."
The Great Gatsby will be released in cinemas on May 17.