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Jay-Z vs. Jay Gatsby: Similarities Between Rapper and ‘The Great Gatsby’

How appropriate that the rapper has been commissioned to score the new film version of ‘The Great Gatsby,’ since Jay-Z has so much in common with the title character of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel. Marlow Stern dissects their similarities.

Rapper extraordinaire Jay-Z has reportedly been tasked with creating an original film score for director Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming period drama, The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role. The choice makes perfect sense, since Jay-Z is the modern-day Gatsby. From their humble beginnings to their alleged political and gangster affiliations, see the numerous similarities between rap mogul Jay-Z and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s nouveau-riche man of mystery, Jay Gatsby.


**FILE PHOTO** The rapper Jay-Z in New York on Aug. 31, 2009. As soon as you dig beneath the surface, the similarities between talk radio and gangsta rap are nothing short of uncanny. (Damon Winter/The New York Times)  (L-r) TOBEY MAGUIRE as Nick Carraway and LEONARDO DICAPRIO as Jay Gatsby in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' drama "THE GREAT GATSBY," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

(Left) Rapper Jay-Z in New York in August 2009. (Right) Leonardo Dicaprio as Jay Gatsby in "The Great Gatsby", which is set to release in theaters on May 10, 2013. , Damon Winter/The New York Times, via Redux; Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures