Kanye West Gold Digger

Kanye West Gold Digger

Kanye West Gold Digger


I Was Just Walking up the Beach, Minding My Business, and Kanye West Walked up Behind Me. He Came Over and Said, “Hey, I’m Kanye West. I Saw You Walking and Wanted to Introduce Myself. I Just Wanted to Let You Know I Made a New Album, ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.


A pop rap song, "Gold Digger" samples Ray Charles' "I Got a Woman". Lyrically, it sees West delve into how a woman tricked him. The song received widespread acclaim from music critics, who often praised the composition. Some complimented the lyrical content and Jamie Foxx's feature, while a few critics highlighted the sample. The song was named to year-end lists for 2005 by multiple publications, including Eye Weekly and NME. Numerous outlets have placed it on retrospective lists, such as VH1 and Rolling Stone. At the 48th Annual Grammy Awards, the song won Best Rap Solo Performance and also received a nomination for Record of the Year.

Upon its release, many surmised that West conceived "Gold Digger" after watching Jamie Foxx's portrayal of Ray Charles in the film Ray. However, he had actually constructed the beat of the song long before the movie was even developed. In 2003, West performed a very early version of the song at the 2nd Annual Dynamic Producer Conference in New York City. West originally produced and recorded "Gold Digger" in Ludacris' home in Atlanta for Shawnna's 2004 debut album Worth Tha Weight and had written the chorus from a woman's first-person viewpoint: "I'm not sayin' I'm a gold digger, but I ain't messin' with no broke n****s." However, for reasons unknown, Shawnna passed on using the song. Not wanting to let it go to waste, West decided to keep the beat for himself and add lyrics expressed from a man's point-of-view. (Source: kanyewest.fandom.com)



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