Did You Know Jamie Foxx and Kanye West Go Way Back? Back When the Oscar Winner Mimicked the ‘Donda’ Rapper, Recalling Their First Meet

Published 11/23/2023, 2:30 AM EST

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Even after a long period of no music, Kanye West still had fans who stayed loyal to him. Recently, he released a new single ‘Vultures’ with Ty Dolla $ign and Bump J ahead of his new album. While the recent is on a path to make its own records, many of the rapper’s previous hit songs surpassed many such accolades in the previous months. One such song was ‘Gold Digger’ with Jamie Foxx, which crossed 1 billion streams on Spotify this month.

Ye and Jamie Foxx have collaborated on not one many songs together. However, their friendship goes way beyond their hit collaboration. And they met each other at a party, as Foxx revealed in 2017, by mimicking the Chicago rapper.

Back when Jamie Foxx recalled his first meeting with Kanye West

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In 2017, the Ray actor appeared on The Graham Norton Show, where he spoke about his first meeting with Kanye West. Foxx had hosted a big party where Jay Z, Puff, and other music moguls were invited. This kid walks in with a backpack on,” said Foxx about Ye’s arrival. Questioning the boy’s identity, the audience present there revealed it was Kanye West who produced with Jay Z. Mimicking the ‘Donda’ creator, Foxx revealed he offered him to collaborate on his new song.

The now 46-year-old rapper amazed the Day Shift actor with his freestyle, which led Foxx to say, Oh boy, you’re gonna be famous!” That was the time when the now 55-year-old actor was trying to get into the music business. Shocked and excited, Foxx immediately took Ye to his studio, where the rapper worked his magic. While Foxx tried to mold the verse in R&B style, the ‘I Wonder’ singer explained how hip-hop worked.

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Although thinking it was not going to work, Jamie Foxx sang the song before moving on with his acting career. However, to his surprise, the song that they created worked. Foxx revealed when he came back to his Miami house, and my boy was like ‘Yo, remember the song you said was wack? Is #1 in the country.” But what song was it exactly?

The song that changed Jamie Foxx’s life

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Foxx has often spoken about how Kanye West ignited the spark within him about hip-hop. And the song that lit the fire was none other than ‘Slow Jamz’, which came out in 2004. Following the song’s success, Foxx did not forget to express his gratitude toward Ye for turning his music career around. In fact, they both then went on to collaborate on many including ‘Gold Digger’ in 2005.

The 2005 song won several music awards, including the BET Award for Best Collaboration. Even after all these years, fans still love the song proven by the record-breaking streams on Spotify. The catchy beats and tune of the song still hold the strings of fans’ hearts. Running into a boy with a backpack at his own party does seem like a fortunate incident for Jamie Foxx.

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Neha Chande

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Meet Neha Chande, an entertainment writer at Netflix Junkie, who has written more than 1100 articles. With a Master's degree in English Literature, Neha believes in unbiased journalism. Before delving into her passion for writing and cinema, she taught English and communication skills as a facilitator and lecturer.

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