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James Brown and 2Pac Mixed Together, 'Unchained' – Song Premiere

Funk master, rapper get mashed up for 'Django Unchained'

James Brown/Tupac Shakur
KMazur/WireImage for Universal Music Group; Steve Eichner/Getty Images
December 10, 2012 8:00 AM ET

Quentin Tarantino's upcoming Django Unchained boasts a bold, flashy theme song to match the slick gunplay from Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz. For "Unchained," James Brown and Tupac Shakur get mashed up hard, banging like Django's six-shooter as 2Pac's hook from "Untouchable" stomps over the bright, brassy funk of Brown's "The Payback." The result – mixed by Tupac's engineer Claudio Cueni – is a victorious anthem that feels like emerging from a gunfight unscathed.

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Django Unchained opens December 25th, and the soundtrack is due December 18th.

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