Hear Frank Ocean's Cut Django Unchained Track
Singer-songwriter Frank Ocean recorded a track for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, which finally opens in theaters on Christmas Day. But as is often the case with a Tarantino movie, the song didn’t make the final cut. (Seriously, Tarantino often leaves out almost as much as he puts in to his epic features. That’s why rumors of a near-five-hour cut of Unchained surprised no one.)
Often, we have to wait until a movie comes out on DVD or Blu-ray to sample some of the goodies that hit the cutting room floor. Ocean, however, posted the deleted track, “Wise Men,” to a Tumblr account, simply stating Django was “ill without it.” Does that mean it was better off without the song? Or does that mean he thinks the movie’s suffering because QT made the cut? Anyway, you can hear it here, and find the lyrics here.
Tarantino says there’s absolutely no ill intent when it came to Ocean’s song, telling Pitchfork (via HitFix), “Frank Ocean wrote a fantastic ballad that was truly lovely and poetic in every way, there just wasn’t a scene for it.” And it’s hard to disagree. Now that we can hear it, the atmospheric, mid-tempo ballad doesn’t fit the groove that Tarantino is going after with Django. Songs like Rick Ross’ 100 Black Coffins are a better fit.
Django Unchained opens Christmas Day amidst a flurry of last-second controversies. Spike Lee recently stirred the pot by dismissing Tarantino’s effort sight-unseen. But I’m sure QT fans simply want to be able to see the finished product for themselves. A few more hours, guys. A few more hours.
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