Watch Spike Lee's 'BlacKkKlansman' music video
Spike Lee’s latest, the true story “BlacKkKlansman,” is now playing in theaters across the country to rave reviews. Today, Focus Features has released online a new music video tied to the film, directed by Lee and featuring the unreleased Prince song “Mary Don’t You Weep”. Check it out in the player above.
“I knew that I needed an end-credits song,” Lee told Rolling Stone earlier this month. “I’ve become very close with Troy Carter, one of the executives at Spotify [and a Prince estate advisor]. So I invited Troy to a private screening. And after, he said, “Spike, I got the song.” And that was “Mary Don’t You Weep,” which had been recorded on cassette in the mid-Eighties. 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-ah. That ain’t an accident!”
“BlacKkKlansman” offers the incredible true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.
Also starring Laura Harrier and Topher Grace, “BlacKkKlansman” is produced by Sean McKittrick, Raymond Mansfield, Jason Blum, Jordan Peele, Spike Lee and Shaun Redick. It is now playing in theaters across the country.