The king of rap opulence, Jay-Z, seems like a no-brainer addition to the star-studded soundtrack for the recent cinematic adaption of The Great Gatsby. NPR unveiled the complete soundtrack for streaming on its website this week, and Jay Z’s contribution, “100$ Bill,” opens the album in grandiose fashion.
The track is nothing particularly new from Hov: a lazy, computer-manipulated voice opens “100$ Bill” with repetitious mutterings of “hundred dollah bills” (that forms the backing beat of the song), and then Jay-Z dishes his typical monologue about his well-earned riches. The trademark “Hov chuckle” also makes an appearance.
But what sets this track apart is the laid-back, old-fashioned vibe it carries, as well as a surprise cameo by Gatsby himself, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Sadly, DiCaprio doesn’t supply a baller verse of his own (though it would be awesome to see the two heavyweights as a rap duo, now that Yeezy and Hov had an apparent falling-out). Jay-Z and Leo-D has a ring to it, don’t you think?
DiCaprio’s appearance on “100$ Bill” isn’t his first foray into song: his initial “cameo” appearance is featured in “Beached” by Orbital and Angelo Badalamenti, for The Beach soundtrack (where his character also muses about the complexity of life.) If you want something to sound more profound and “deep,” I guess it’s a good idea to interlace DiCaprio’s all-knowing voice with a cool sounding beat.
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