Thursday, September 01, 2005


Apparently Jamie Foxx didn't get the memo, so, at the risk of sounding redundant:

You are still not Ray Charles!

Why are they trying to make it look like Jamie Foxx is singing the hook on Kanye West's "Golddigger" track when it, as USA Today states:
...features a Ray Charles sample along with Jamie Foxx ad-libbing as Ray Charles...
And yet, there was Foxx, lipsynching along at the VMAs, trying (and managing) to fool people into thinking he can sing like Ray Charles (he can sing well, just not like Ray Charles; if he could, would they have dubbed his singing in Ray?) in advance of his own album's release, as this review points out:
...West, who returned to the stage later with an electric performance of "Golddigger," thanks in large part to Jamie Foxx and the ease with which the actor/singer channels Ray Charles.
I don't remember Charles ever stripping off his shirt and running out into the crowd, so I guess by "channels" they mean "sings like". Oh well, if people believed that was him singing at the VMAs, I guess we should give him another Oscar.

When the original artist joins their sampler onstage at the VMAs, it can be cool. Sting alongside Puffy? Awesome! Chaka Kahn meets Kanye West? Okay. Kanye West singing with a Ray Charles impersonator? That's a Vegas act. Jamie Foxx isn't the next best thing to Ray Charles... he's a different thing.

But if you're going to persist in pretending to be a dead singer, at least go the extra mile and make a t-shirt like certain other VMA lipsynchers:

Iron-on is not the same as irony, R.


Anonymous Steven Samuel said...

The song Kanye sampled for Gold Digger was from Ray Charles. Jamie resung the hook.

Don't be an idiot your entire life.

September 05, 2005 8:24 AM  
Blogger The Pop Culture Petri Dish said...

Steven Samuel,

Thanks for the clarification. I was having trouble finding it when researching this post, and USA Today's review mislead me.

Also, I owe Jamie Foxx an apology. He sounds so much like Ray Charles while singing the hook that maybe he is Ray Charles. Makes you wonder why they bothered to dub his singing voice in Ray.

I promise to do more thorough research next time... though I make no such pledges about not being an idiot my entire life.

September 05, 2005 11:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you should at least edit the original post so you don't keep spreading fud

December 07, 2005 1:38 AM  
Anonymous Freddy said...

I am a hip hop fan and it annoys and frustrates me that everyone thinks that it is Jamie Fox singing on this track. I live in NYC and even the two hip hop radio stations here seem to think he is singing on this track as well. He is out there taking credit for something the late, great Ray Charles did (Not specifically for this track, he was obviously sampled) did, not him. Personally I did not like him as an actor until he did Ray, he was good in Jarhead also. This just pisses me off and he should not be doing it.

December 12, 2005 4:14 AM  
Blogger The Pop Culture Petri Dish said...

Further discussion continues here

January 25, 2006 3:47 PM  
Blogger The Pop Culture Petri Dish said...

...though, this article seems to clear everything up.

February 25, 2006 2:34 AM  

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