Singer Frank Ocean decided to release his single “Wise Man” despite Quentin Tarantino’s decision to cut the song from the Django Unchained soundtrack.
Although the song was cut from the Django Unchained soundtrack, Frank Ocean revealed that he would release “Wise Man” on his Tumblr page. In the post, Ocean didn’t explain the single’s connection to Django Unchained except for a quick note that read, “Django was ill without it.”
In an interview with GQ, Quentin Tarantino clarified his decision to cut the Ocean single from the soundtrack. “Frank Ocean wrote a fantastic ballad that was truly lovely and poetic in every way,” said Tarantino, there just wasn’t a scene for it.”
With the song intended for Django Unchained, Tarantino wanted to do the song justice. “I could have thrown it in quickly just to have it,” the director added, “but that’s not why he wrote it and not his intention. So I didn’t want to cheapen his effort.”
In Django Unchained, Jamie Foxx stars as Django, a slave on the auction block who makes a deal with a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to hunt down a murderous gang of brothers in exchange for freedom and the rescue of his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) from the plantation of owner, Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio).
Following the release of his 2012 album, Channel Orange, Frank Ocean has been nominated for six Grammy Awards in the categories of Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, and Best Long Form Music Video
Listen to “Wise Man” below: