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18 Movie Trailers Featuring Jay-Z And Kanye West

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Jay-Z & Kanye West: together in movie trailers.
Jay-Z & Kanye West: together in movie trailers.

When Jay-Z isn't rapping about making "millions" off "f-cking dweeb[s]" by bringing the New Jersey Nets to Brooklyn, he's likely appearing at your local movie theater. Over the last seven years, Jay and frequent collaborator Kanye West have, together and alone, been used as musical accompaniment for a surfeit of movie trailers.

The most recent example of this hip-hop phenomenon is with the film "42." The Jackie Robinson biography -- which takes place in the late 1940s -- used the Jay-Z track "Brooklyn (Go Hard)," a brash song that references Robinson by name, in its marketing campaign. Unfortunately for fans of the trailer, "Brooklyn (Go Hard)" is nowhere to be found in "42," as the Brian Helgeland film eschews anachronistic music cues in favor of a warm, triumphant score.

That won't be the case with Baz Luhrmann's upcoming adaptation of "The Great Gatsby": Jay-Z produced the film's soundtrack, and his music -- as well as that of his wife, Beyonce -- will be used in the finished product, this despite the 1920s time setting. (Anachronistic might be Luhrmann's unofficial middle name; see also: "Romeo + Juliet" and "Moulin Rouge!")

To celebrate these films -- and the new trailer for "The Hangover Part III," which also features a West song -- HuffPost Entertainment has put together look at the Jay-Z and/or Kanye West songs that have appeared in movie trailers, a list that's proof positive everything looks better with help from Roc Nation.

  • 1
    "Numb/Encore" ("Miami Vice")
    "We get down, if the play calls for it."
  • 2
    "Heart Of The City" ("American Gangster")
    You can't prove that "American Gangster," an R-rated, two-and-a-half hour drama, opened with $43 million in ticket sales solely because Universal used "Heart of the City" in the trailer, but you can't not prove it either.
  • 3
    "Reminder" ("The Hangover Part II")
    As if you needed another reminder (groan) that "The Hangover Part II" was just a pale retread of "The Hangover," the marketing campaign used Jay-Z's "Reminder" to score many of the spots and trailers. At least the song is good.
  • 4
    "99 Problems" ("This Means War")
    Nothing says "edgy" conflict like "99 Problems." In addition to this early spot for "This Means War," the song also pops up in ...
  • 5
    "99 Problems" ("Taking Of Pelham 1 2 3")
    ... this trailer, and ...
  • 6
    "99 Problems" ("Tower Heist")
    ... this trailer.
  • 7
    "Power" ("The Social Network")
    Not as tied to "The Social Network" as that chorale version of "Creep" that was used in the first trailers, Kanye West's "Power" had its own effect on the Facebook movie. After all, even nerds look cool when Kanye is blasting.
  • 8
    "Power" ("Broken City")
    No one man should have all that power, especially when that man is Russell Crowe.
  • 9
    "Power" ("Limitless")
    See, "The Social Network."
  • 10
    "Empire State of Mind" ("Sex and the City 2")
    Concrete jungle.
  • 11
    "Don't Let Me Die" ("G.I. Joe: Retaliation")
    "In the immortal words of Jay-Z ..."
  • 12
    "Run This Town" ("The Fighter")
    Despite being an inspirational sports drama that featured score and some period appropriate '80s and '90s music, the television spots for "The Fighter" trotted out "Run This Town." The results? Kind of awesome, actually.
  • 13
    "Beware" ("The Dictator")
    Even the Borat-y jokes in the trailer for "The Dictator" look better with Jay-Z blaring on the soundtrack. Well played, Paramount marketing team!
  • 14
    "No Church in the Wild" ("Safe House")
    For the Denzel Washington-Ryan Reynolds action flick Universal used the "Watch the Throne" hit "No Church in the Wild" in its trailer.
  • 15
    "No Church In the Wild" ("The Great Gatsby")
    You crazy for this one, Baz Luhrmann!
  • 16
    "Oh My God" ("Gangster Squad")
    Gosling + Stone + Hova + this line: "I was just hoping to take you to bed."
  • 17
    "Brooklyn Go Hard" ("42")
    Warner Bros. has a thing for using anachronistic Jay-Z music cues in its trailers. "42" follows "Gangster Squad" and "The Great Gatsby" in this studio trend, not that anyone is complaining. This one is all swagger.
  • 18
    "Runaway" ("The Hangover Part III")
    From Jay-Z to Kanye ...

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