James Brown and Tupac Share Song on 'Django Unchained' Soundtrack

Film music also includes Rick Ross, Jim Croce, John Legend

Tupac/James Brown
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November 29, 2012 6:05 PM ET

The tracklisting for the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino's upcoming Civil War-era western Django Unchained has been revealed and it includes a remix of James Brown's classic "The Payback" – featuring a verse from the hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur.

The soundtrack also features brand new music from John Legend, who contributes the track "Who Did That to You?" and Rick Ross, whose "100 Coffins" was produced by/features Django star Jamie Foxx. Anthony Hamilton and Elayna Boynton recorded the duet "Freedom," while famed spaghetti Western composer Ennio Morricone wrote a new song called "Ancora Qui." While music has always played a crucial role in his films, Django Unchained marks the first time Tarantino has collaborated with artists to create original music for the film and soundtrack.

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Along with these new cuts are older tracks like Jim Croce's "I Got a Name." In a statement, Tarantino noted that a few of these songs from the 1960s and 1970s come straight from his personal vinyl collection, "complete with all the pops and cracks… [and] the sound of the needle being put down on the record."

The Django Unchained soundtrack will hit stores on December 18th, and the movie will be in theaters on December 25th.

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