We recently heard Rick Ross‘ “100 Black Coffins“, one of the tracks from the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino‘s upcoming Django Unchained feature film, and, as you might have expected, it was big blast of murder music from MMG’s main man.
Grammy Award-winning R&B artist John Legend takes it in a slightly different direction for “Who Did That To You“, the latest track to be leaked from the OST. Whilst his lyrics continue the dark theme, “Who Did That To You” definitely sounds like the musical background for a new sort of American epic. For that reason, I’m not surprised to learn that it was co-written and produced by Paul Epworth, who helped lend the Bond franchise a stylish update with his composition for Adele‘s theme.
Legend himself was eager to be involved in Tarantino’s project, which sees Jamie Foxx play the part of a former slave-turned-bounty hunter, trying to rescue his wife from the plantations. Speaking to the L.A. Times, Legend commented:
When I first learned that Quentin was making Django Unchained—a film set in the South two years before the Civil War—I felt a strong connection to the story. I knew that I wanted to compose a song for this film; a song that would not only give voice to Django, a man willing to stand up and fight for his lover’s honor, but also feel like a natural fit in a Tarantino film.”
The full soundtrack album will drop December 18th, with the film to follow on Christmas Day. Have a listen to “Who Did That To You” below: