The director thinks that Prince sent him the song from beyond the grave
BlacKkKlansman isn’t even out yet and it’s already been touted as one of the best films of the year. The crime comedy, which is the brainchild of She’s Gotta Have It filmmaker Spike Lee and Jordan Peele of Get Out fame, is due out this month. And, while many details of the film still remain under wraps, it is being reported that the project will feature a posthumous release from the late Prince on its soundtrack.
Lee confirmed in an interview with Rolling Stone that he had secured the use of unreleased track “Mary Don’t You Weep” to play during the end credits, in a scenario he thinks was aided by paranormal activity, alleging that Prince “wanted him to have the song”.
“I don’t care what nobody says. My brother Prince wanted me to have that song,” he said. “For this film. There’s no other explanation to me. This cassette is in the back of the vaults. In Paisley Park. And all of a sudden, out of nowhere, it’s discovered? Nah-ah. That ain’t an accident.”
He continued: “I’ve become very close with Troy Carter, one of the executives at Spotify (and a Prince estate advisor). I invited Troy to a private screening. And after, he said, ‘Spike, I got the song.’ And that was ‘Mary Don’t You Weep,’ which had been recorded on cassette in the mid-80s.”
The film’s narrative follows the alarmingly true accounts of Ron Stallworth (John Washington), an African American detector who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 70s with an accomplice portrayed by Adam Driver.
There’s just no way this film can be bad. Watch the trailer below.