One of Jay-Z’s biggest hits early in his career was “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem),” a bouncy, catchy joint that sampled vocals from the popular Broadway musical Annie. Now, almost a decade and a half later, he’s getting ready to revisit the musical—only this time, it’s to write for the movie adaptation, set to star Willow Smith.
According to Bust Magazine, Jigga will be overseeing the soundtrack for the film, which is slated to be produced by Willow’s father and Jay’s friend, Will Smith. Other details regarding the production of the film remain scarce, though the report says that it will be released by Sony Pictures and set in modern day New York City.
Willow, best known for her single “Whip My Hair,” is signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label, and her debut album is on pace to be released later this year.
“Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)” was produced by 45 King, and went Gold shortly after its release. It hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart and was later included in the 2002 movie Austin Powers in Goldmember, where Mike Myers, playing Dr. Evil, performed his version of the song.
Hov’s most recent tie-in to major motion pictures came earlier this week, when the trailed for The Great Gatsby was released and included “No Church In The Wild,” his Watch The Thone opener alongside Kanye West.
It was also announced last night that Jay’s Roc Nation had signed recording artist M.I.A. to a management deal. —Adam Fleischer (@AdamXXL)