Kristian Dowling/Getty Images for Lotusflow3r.comIn Spike Lee’s latest film, BlacKkKlansman, he uses Prince‘s previously unreleased song “Mary Don’t You Weep” during the end credits. Now, the director has released a music video of sorts for the track with footage from the new film.
The video includes images of Ron Stallworth, the real-life hero who infiltrated a Colorado chapter of the KKK and whose story BlacKkKlansman is based on. It also includes stills and clips from Lee’s movie, which premiered earlier this month and stars John David Washington, Alec Baldwin, Adam Driver, Topher Grace and Laura Harrier.
In an interview with Rolling Stone earlier this month, Lee — who also directed Prince’s 1992 music video for “Money Don’t Matter 2 Night” — said it was inevitable that the new track ended up in the movie.
“I knew that I needed an end-credits song. I’ve become very close with [Prince estate adviser] Troy Carter, one of the executives at Spotify,” Lee said. “So I invited Troy to a private screening. And he said, ‘Spike, I got the song.’ And that was ‘Mary Don’t You Weep,’ which had been recorded on a cassette in the mid-’80s.”
Lee continued: “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-uh. That ain’t accident.”
“Mary Don’t You Weep” was released last June on what would have been Prince’s 60th birthday. It’ll be included on the posthumous Prince album, Piano & A Microphone 1983, which is set to drop September 21.
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