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Music is just as important to every Quentin Tarantino movie as a performance or a line of dialogue. I dare you to listen to Son of a Preacher Man and not think about Pulp Fiction. While little is known at the moment about the soundtrack for Tarantino’s latest, Django Unchained, Jamie Foxx has revealed that a track by John Legend could be in the finished product.
Foxx was telling me during Comic Con interviews a few weeks back that Tarantino resembles a “hip-hop artist,” saying that so many musicians want to be considered for his movies because of the iconic way he has used songs in the past. Then Foxx told a great story about how Legend “auditioned” a song for Tarantino, in an old-school way. Here’s Foxx:
“Right now, the music world is on fire trying to be the first hip-hop artist to appear in a Quentin Tarantino film because he usually doesn’t do scores. I hope I'm not letting the cat out of the bag, but John Legend did a song, put it on cassette and sent it to Quentin. He knows that he doesn’t like technology. He put it on a cassette. Quentin came to me and said, ‘I got this song, and I want you to hear it!’ I said, ‘Let me hear it! Let me get my CD.’ And he goes, ‘No, man.’ And he pulls out this big … you remember those giant cassette decks with the two [buttons]? You have to rewind it. And it’s a fantastic song. But Quentin, he knows his thing.”
As we also reported while on the ground in San Diego, Tarantino was shooting right up until the last minute on Django, and a few outsiders wondered if he’d actually make his pre-announced Dec. 25 release date. It’s wholly possible, but Tarantino will have to make crucial decisions about editing and, yes, music in the coming weeks. Will Legend’s song make the cut? We hope so. He’s a viciously talented musician and singer, and we’d love to hear what he cooked up specifically for the director’s challenging movie.