Get your old school blues on, and shower it with some nouveau attitude. Kanye brought the house down with this beat-thumpin', booty-bumpin', dancefloor jam, with some age-old social commentary.
Just like there will always be the playa', there will always be the notorious gold digger, who's singular focuse is being after one thing. But, hey, while some things never change, you might as well lay some beats down as an homage to a time-old tradition. It ain't glorifying it, kid. It's putting the issue on blast.
So, forget the Ray Charles impersonation. (My money is that he'd approve of this song.) And enjoy it for what it's worth. As the Beastie Boys sang, "come on all y'all, it's time to get loose."
OK. I love @devora for creating this data point. Gold Digger is one of those songs I love to hate and hate to love. It's wrong on so many levels. The Ray Charles impression? Really? No. The sexism? Na-uh. The shout-out to Geico? Seriously??? It's all so bad. But you know when it's on in the club your booty is on the dance floor. Don't deny it. You know you've got your hand in the air shouting "We want pre-nup". What can I say? The song is catchy. … more
"Gold Digger" is a song recorded by American rapper Kanye West featuring guest vocals by Jamie Foxx. Released as the second single from West's second album, Late Registration, "Gold Digger" peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 on September 6, 2005, becoming West's and Foxx's second number one single. It is most recognizable for the interpolation of Ray Charles' "I Got A Woman" by Foxx (who portrayed Charles in the 2004 film Ray).
The single broke a record for the most digital downloads in a week, selling over 80,000 digital downloads, and was also the fastest selling digital download of all time (both records have since been broken). "Gold Digger" won the 2006 Grammy award for Best Solo Rap Performance.