Director Baz Luhrmann chose Jay-Z to score his "Great Gatsby" film working alongside The Bullitts. The news of the hip hop star's participation was officially confirmed just a few days go, after rumors had swirled that Jay might be part of the project.
According to a report Jan. 2 from Hollywood Reporter, Luhrmann's choice of "No Church For the Wild" off Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" album is what led to the initial gossip that Shawn Carter might have a hand in this. Just a few days ago, one of The Bullitts confirmed on Twitter that he would be involved.
Jeymes Samuel of the group tweeted:
"Jay-Z and myself have been working tirelessly on the score for the upcoming #CLASSIC The Great Gatsby! It is too DOPE for words!"
This won't be the first soundtrack Jay-Z has been a part of, but it will be the first he's scored. He did help create a video game soundtrack with the wildly popular "NBA 2K13" video game that arrived towards the end of 2012. The game includes several of Jay-Z's rap songs, as well as songs by Nas, Kanye West, Rakim, and Daft Punk.
Other artists who may be featured on the new album are Lady Gaga and Prince, according to various reports. The movie, "The Great Gatsby," is scheduled to open on May 10 in theaters, with trailers appearing before various movies.
Jay-Z doesn't have any current rap albums or solo hits on the charts, but fans are continuing to anticipate the arrival of his next big song or album. It appears for now, "Gatsby" will be on the top of his list of priorities, although with the way he works, it wouldn't be surprising to see him bring forth a new album at any time in the year 2013.