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Saturday 27 December 2014

Leonardo DiCaprio loves rap

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Leonardo Dicaprio
'Django Unchained' film press conference, Seoul, South Korea - 07 Mar 2013
Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio is a huge fan of Kendrick Lamar.

The American actor, 38, has spoken about his interest in pop culture while promoting The Great Gatsby, for which rap legend Jay-Z produced the score.

Leonardo has always been a fan of urban music and revealed his favourite artists.

"Kendrick Lamar is great, 2 Chainz is great too - don't forget 2 Chainz," he told MTV News. "By the way, he's my age - I'm very proud of a guy emerging in the hip-hop world at my age."

And Leonardo doesn't just love rap music. The actor admits his musical preferences are particularly eclectic.

"I've been a huge fan of hip-hop for a long, long time," he said. "That and jazz music, the music of the '40s, and Stevie Wonder."

In The Great Gatsby, Leonardo reunites with director Baz Luhrmann, who is no stranger to genre-hopping, having made Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge! Leonardo observes that his recent film Django Unchained also dips into hip-hop. Comprised of a variety of musical genres, the soundtrack features a track by American rap star Rick Ross.

"The last two films that I've done have been period pieces infused with hip-hop," Leonardo said. "So it's really cool that these directors take that chance, and I think it really connects with audiences today."

Leonardo says this music "sort of seamlessly meshes" into both of his latest films. He thinks this kind of genre mixing only works to enhance the movies.

"You don't feel like you're watching something from a different era," he said. "You're connecting with these people and this time period in a much more subversive way."

The Great Gatsby hits cinemas from May 10.

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