Listen to Frank Ocean’s ‘Django Unchained’ Track
Much like ‘Inglourious Basterds,’ Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained‘ makes frequent (and wonderful) use of anachronistic songs, placing modern songs over events taking place in the 1860s and somehow making it all work. Although the final soundtrack contains songs by singers as diverse as John Legend, James Brown and Jim Croce, an original track performed by Frank Ocean ended up on the cutting room floor…but you can listen to it below!
And you know what? It’s a really, really good song. As much as we wish it had found a way into the finished film, Tarantino himself has explained why it ended up getting cut:
“Frank Ocean wrote a fantastic ballad that was truly lovely and poetic in every way, there just wasn’t a scene for it…I could have thrown it in quickly just to have it, but that’s not why he wrote it and not his intention. So I didn’t want to cheapen his effort. But, the song is fantastic, and when Frank decides to unleash it on the public, they’ll realize it then.”
That must have been a tough decision, but it ultimately feels right. It’s better to let the song live on its own terms than try to shoehorn it into the film for the sake of having it there. And it seems like there’s no hard feelings. Ocean premiered the song on his Tumblr along with a simple message: ”django was ill without it.”