The never-before-released Prince song Mary Don’t You Weep features on the soundtrack of Spike Lee’s new film.
The acclaimed Malcolm X director has won heaps of acclaim for BlacKkKlansman, which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May, scooping the prestigious Grand Prix prize. It follows the true story of Ron Stallworth, an African American detective who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s.
Now, it’s been reported that Lee has secured the use of Prince’s Mary Don’t You Weep, which plays out during the end credits.
“I knew that I needed an end-credits song,” the director told Rolling Stone. “I’ve become very close with Troy Carter, one of the executives at Spotify [and a Prince estate advisor].
“So 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.”
He added: “Prince wanted me to have that song, I don’t care what nobody says.My brother Prince wanted me to have that song. 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.”
BlacKkKlansman is set for UK release on August 24.