As you may have heard, Jay-Z has been assigned the film score for director Baz Luhrmann's upcoming movie revival of The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the lead. This has angered many die-hard Fitzgerald fans and vintage extrordinaires alike, but is the choice really so absurd?
Some are calling Jay-Z the "modern-day Jay Gatsby (Gatz!)." From humble beginnings to wild rumors of gang affiliations, it appears that the two have more than a few coincidences holding them together.
Jay-Z: Did Barack Obama a favor by endorsing him in 2008 and 2012.
Gatsby: Did a favor for police commissioner, gets him out of speeding tickets.
Jay-Z: Member of Illuminati.
Gatsby: Was a German spy during World War I.
Obsession with Color:
Jay-Z: Blue, as in daughter Blue Ivy, numerous Blueprint albums.
Gatsby: Green, as in the green light he stares at all night.
(JZ) Forbes Estimnated Net Worth: $500 million & (JG) Forbes Estimated Net Worth: $600 million
Jay-Z: Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport
Gatsby: Yellow Rolls Royce
Handy with Steel:
Jay-Z: Admitted in lyrics he once shot his brother at age 12 for stealing his jewelry.
Gatsby: Commanded heavy machine guns during WWI.
Jay-Z: Recorded the French anthem 'Niggas in Paris' at 5-star Hotel Meurice in Paris.
Gatsby: Decorated for valour for efforts in the Marne and the Argonne during World War I.
Jay-Z: Born to poor family in BedStuy, Brooklyn.
Gatsby: Born to poor family in North Dakota.
Jay-Z: Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, who gave him a small piece of the Brooklyn Nets.
Gatsby: Meyer Wolfsheim, who allegedly fixed the 1919 World Series.
Life of the Party:
Jay-Z: Partied with everyone from Barack Obama to Coldplay.
Gatsby: Holds weekend-long parties open to all comers at his West Egg mansion.
Long Island Props:
Jay-Z: Rents 31,000 sq. ft. home in Bridgehampton.
Gatsby: 12 BR Mansion in west Egg
Jay-Z: Too many to note.
Gatsby: Meyer Wolfsheim
Jay-Z: Made millions as co-brand director of Budweiser Select, Armadale Vodka, and 40/40 nightclubs.
Gatsby: Made his fortune through bootlegging during Prohibition.(Or at least that's what Tom thinks.)
Jay-Z: Dropped out of Trenton High School.
Gatsby: Dropped out of St. Olaf College in Minnesota.
Crappy Job Record:
Jay-Z: Crack dealer