David Bowie and Sean “P. Diddy” Combs have reworked Bowie’s “This Is Not America” for the upcoming Denzel Washington/Ethan Hawke movie Training Day.
The two met at Combs’ New York studio last week to remix the 1985 song (co-written by Pat Metheny), which was originally recorded for the soundtrack to The Falcon and the Snowman. The revamped version features new lyrics and vocals by Black Rob, Mark Curry and Kain.
“I threw down a lot of lines and melodic pieces from which Sean will make a sort of assemblage piece, with contributing rappers,” Bowie said of the collaboration. “The beats have a definite techno/hip-hop drive.”
Combs is no stranger to tinkering with Bowie classics, as he sampled “Let’s Dance” for “Been Around the World,” a track from Puff Daddy and the Family’s No Way Out album.
Other artists featured on the Training Day soundtrack include Dr. Dre, who all appear in the film. Priority Records has set no official release date for the soundtrack, but it should be out before the film”s release on September 21st.