Spike Lee Releases Music Video for Prince Track 'Mary Don't You Weep' From 'BlacKkKlansman'


Prince's previously unreleased track "Mary Don't You Weep" plays during the end credits Spike Lee's latest film, BlacKkKlansman. On Wednesday (Aug. 22), the prolific director released a music video for the song, which features scenes and stills from the movie.

The four-minute and 20-second clip shows real-life hero Ron Stallworth (played by John David Washington) fighting for civil rights in the late '70s, as he skillfully infiltrates a Colorado chapter the Ku Klux Klan and exposes their plan to attack people color. The video also shows Topher Grace's portrayal former KKK grand wizard David Duke.

"Mary Don't You Weep" ends with a photo Lee and Prince sitting courtside at a basketball game in New York in 1998. This is the second Prince music video that Lee has directed. Back in 1992, he directed the late musician's "Money Don't Matter 2 Night."

"Mary Don't You Weep" was announced as part the track list for Prince's upcoming posthumous album, Piano & A Microphone 1983. While a release date for the album has yet to be announced, "Marry Don't You Weep" is currently available on streaming services.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Lee said that it was kismet for him to have the Prince track for BlacKkKlansman.

"I knew that I needed an end-credits song. I've become very close with Prince estate advisor] Troy Carter, one the executives at Spotify," he said. "So I invited Troy to a private screening. And he said, 'Spike, I got the song.' And that was 'Mary Don't You Weep,' which had been recorded on a cassette in the mid-'80s."

Lee added: "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 the vaults. In Paisley Park. And all a sudden, out nowhere, it's discovered? Nah-uh. That ain't accident."

Watch the video for "Mary Don't You Weep" below.

This post originally appeared in The Hollywood Reporter.