Gold Digger (2:04)

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“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. Co-produced with Jon Brion, the song contains an interpolation of Ray Charles’ “I Got a Woman” by Foxx.

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. It was 2005’s second-longest running number one on the Billboard Hot 100 at ten weeks, behind Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together”. “Gold Digger” was nominated for Record of the Year at the 2006 Grammy Awards (losing to Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”) and won the award for Best Rap Solo Performance. The song lists at number 49 on Billboard magazine’s All Time Top 100. The song was voted number 20 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.

Upon its release, many surmised that West conceived “Gold Digger” after watching Jamie Foxx’s Oscar-winning portrayal of Ray Charles in the biographical film Ray. However, he had actually recorded the song long before the movie was even developed. West originally produced and recorded the song in Ludacris’s home in Atlanta, Georgia for Shawnna’s 2004 debut album Worth Tha Weight and had written the chorus from a female first-person viewpoint.

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