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Spike Lee uses unreleased Prince song on 'BlacKkKlansman' soundtrack

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Spike Lee ends his new BlacKkKlansman film with an unreleased Prince song called "Mary Don't You Weep."

"Prince wanted me to have that song, I don't care what nobody says. My brother Prince wanted me to have that song," the famed director tells Rolling Stone.

Adds Spike, "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."

Spike credits Prince estate adviser Troy Carter with providing him access to the track.

"I knew that I needed an end-credit song," Lee explains. "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-'80s."

BlacKkKlansman, the true story of a black detective who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s, opens Friday. It stars Denzel Washington's son, John David Washington 

Lee directed the film and co-wrote the screenplay, while Get Out creator Jordan Peele serves as one of the producers.

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