The maestro has some surprising fans in the pop world.

Metallica has used Morricone's "The Ecstasy of Gold," part of his unforgettable score for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, as introductory music for its concerts for decades. It also appears on the band's 1999 album S&M.

Jay Z sampled part of Morricone's score from the 1983 French film Le Ruffian for "So Ghetto" in 1999 and looped portions of "The Ecstasy of Gold" on the Nas-dissing title track to 2002's The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse.

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