Director, Quentin Tarantino, is known for choosing the best songs for the soundtracks of his movies, often choosing from an old stash. This time around he chose to keep it fresh and new with the soundtrack for his recent film, Django Unchained.
Tarantino told MTV, “[I’ve] never really asked an artist to write a composition for any of my movies because I don’t know if I’m going to like it, and even if I do like it, I don’t know if it will work with one of my films.”
But the tracks of Rick Ross and John Legend changed his mind. Rick Ross was invited to the set of the film by Jamie Foxx, who created the chorus for “100 Black Coffins”, right on the spot. Tarantino describes the moment that magic was created to MTV.
“Rick Ross and his team came on set — we all got a contact high just standing next to his jacket,” Tarantino jokingly said. “It was really cool. We had a little sizzle reel that we showed at Comic-Con, so we showed him and his peeps that, and they loved it, and Jamie came up with the chorus of the song right then and there. And we were like, ‘Oh, man, that sounds good.’ That could be a black western song. Rick came up with the rap and Jamie produced it.”
John Legend’s song was also chosen, after he submitted a cassette tape to Tarantino. Tarantino says, “He had heard about the movie.” “I think he had seen the commercial or something, and he liked the idea of what the movie was about so he wrote a song, not having read the script, he wrote a song that he thought could fit into what he thought I was trying to do and put it on cassette tape. I don’t know if I would have actually listened to it if he hadn’t have put it on a cassette tape. Well, I might have listened to a CD. If he had sent [a flash drive] to me, that would have sat in my hotel room never to be listened to.”
Asa Lovechild is an accomplished actress and singer out of New York City.