Spike Lee directs a new video for Prince’s ‘Mary Don’t You Weep’

An extended trailer for BlacKkKlansman doubles up as a music video for an unreleased track from the Paisley Park archives

Spike Lee believes that Prince’s final gift to him was the visceral lost track “Mary Don’t You Weep”, a cover of a slave song from the civil war era.

Now, a visual for the track has been released, directed by Spike and cut together with scenes from his latest film BlacKkKlansman featuring Adam Driver and John David Washington. It chronicles the story of Ron Stallworth, a black detective who goes undercover to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan and the extended trailer shows his journey balancing black empowerment meetings with his risky operation.

Earlier this month he told Rolling Stone that he had secured the song from the archives via Troy Carter, an executive over at Spotify and an advisor of Prince’s estate.

“I don’t care what nobody says. My brother Prince wanted me to have that song,” he said when explaining how the song came to soundtrack the end credits. “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.”

In the run up to the release of the film, Pitchfork unpacked the black empowerment bond the two shared in their creative output. They worked together on Prince and the Power Generations’s 1991 song “Money Don’t Matter 2 Night”, and Prince helped soundtrack another Spike Lee joint named Girl 6. Fittingly the video ends on a picture of the two friends laughing together.

Watch the video below.

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