Jamie Foxx says he “begrudgingly” agreed to sing the chorus on the Kanye West-produced #1 hit “Slow Jamz” because he didn’t think Kanye would ever be famous.

During an appearance on The Late Show with James Corden on Thursday, the 49-year-old actor/comedian/singer recalled the first time he met Kanye at a party in 2003.

The talented music producer was still recovering from a car crash that left him with a fractured jaw.

“I had this party – it was Puff, it was Jay Z, it was all these people and then this kid walks in and his jaw was a little swollen and he had a backpack on. I said, ‘Who’s that?’ They said, ‘That’s Kanye, that’s the new dude.’ He started rapping, blew my head off he was so incredible.”

Jamie said Kanye approached him about providing vocals for a track he was producing for rapper Twista. At the time Jamie’s music catalogue was limited to his 1994 album, Peep This Out.

The Dreamgirls actor invited the then-aspiring music producer into his recording studio where he tried to impress Kanye with his vocal prowess.

Kanye asked Jamie to sing the famous chorus line of “Slow Jamz”, ‘She said she want some Marvin Gaye, some Luther Vandross,’ — but Kanye wasn’t impressed with Jamie’s R&B styling. He interrupted Jamie and told him to just “sing the song regular”.

Jamie’s ego was slightly bruised by Kanye’s rejection.

“In my mind I’m thinking this young fella don’t know about R&B, so I sing it begrudgingly thinking he ain’t gonna make it, this ain’t gonna take off,” Jamie said. “I left and went and did a bad movie for six weeks, I come back and my boy (music exec) Breyon Prescott said, ‘Yo, remember that song you said was whack? It’s number one in the country.’”

“Slow Jamz” received a Grammy nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images





  • Yoni7

    Jamie, you’re looking a lil thin and ashened about the face in that there suit jacket and your old man dad jeans.

  • GrapeCrush

    That’s an old pic

  • http://www.NeCola.Mayvenn.com Chile_Pleeze

    This is the Kanye I like… loved.. now the poor child DEEP in the sunken place ???

  • Shaun M

    Yes, I Love the old Kanye from back in the day….this new version is a little different.

  • Sonny Johnson

    It’s crazy how many people doubted and shitted on Kanye when he was on the come up

  • Yoni7

    It’s new to me.

  • http://www.Samanthagwrites.com Samantha G.

    I know exactly what Kanye was saying when he told Jamie to sing regular. Jamie be doing the most sometimes on some songs. Unnecessary vibrato, range all high for nothing. Not every song calls for all the theatrics. That basic stuff he did for the song fit just right. Kanye was probably not looking to be outshined on his own song either. You know that ego ?????

  • Coy little wink

    They have the same taste in women

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    That just shows that you can never underestimate anybody. You never know where they’ll be 2,3, 5 years from now.

  • Olga Summer

    I wonder how many times I can like this comment…?. It truly is sad how far he’s fallen …musically, physically and mentally! But…at least his talent didn’t go to waste…he got good mileage outta it!

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    YT trash?

  • Harley

    Kanye still in the sunken place. Who cares

  • Harley
  • stav

    This is at least 9 years old, who cares, he did it(sang on the song) NOW WHAT?

  • Renee26

    Jamie needs to have SEVERAL seats! He’s only had 1 good album and it still sounded like he was trying to romance Fancy on that piano at the King’s hotel….he’s always been corney. Kanye was hottt when he first came out so for him to be hesitant to work with him was arrogant for someone with little musical talent his damn self.

  • RespectSelf

    lol did you see him tell the story??? He told it on ellen too. In him telling the story… it was like how silly he was not to know or think Kanye or the song would be hot. He told a similar story about TI.

  • RespectSelf

    Jamie Fox is so funny when telling these stories. He has a great personality too. Might I add that Jamie is so talented smh. He’s funny, he can act, and he can sing!!!

    But moral of the story is that you never know what the future may hold… even if it doesn’t look that bright.

  • Locapoca

    What a wreck this man has become…*sigh RIP OLD KANYE I miss you so much. Smh

    http://media2.giphy.com/media/iI35nZ4SsrmsU/giphy.gif

  • Renee26

    Ok! especially since he was wowed by his flow at that party…and the kid was already tied in with Jay and Damon….he was just hating because Kanye told him to cut all that extra crooning he tries all the time thinking it sounds good but it really messes up the songs

  • Harley

    Corny? Wow he has been in the industry for over 25 years. Been a part of many successful shows In Living Color and his own Jamie Foxx show as well as amazing movies. Give this man his props. He is FAR from corny! He is a talented black man!

  • Peter Piper ATL

    I think Kanye’s rise took a lot of people by surprise. I thought he was talented but I didn’t think we’d still be talking about him almost 15 years after he hit the scene.

    Then again, we’re not talking about his music though.

    I don’t know why, but talking about Jamie Foxx gets really boring and seeing his face too much gets on my nerves.

  • Tea??

    Yeah even Jay Z didn’t believe in him only Dame Dash. That’s why Dame was so shocked when Kanye sided with Jay Z.

  • Tea??

    Kanye probably just should’ve stayed in the background and stuck to producing and sampling old school music. He clearly wasn’t built to be what he is today and that’s why he’s falling apart.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Old Kanye was brilliant, with a bit of an eccentric side. This new Kanye we’ve seen lately is just mentally unstable.

  • Cie Be

    Come back Kanye…..please LORD….fix HIM! Peace.

  • IntroSpective

    Typically people that make, produce and direct music are socially awkward. The brain operates on a different wave to be able to hear things others aren’t even able to imagine. So I’m not even mad at ‘Ye for being a little off beat. However, he has now lost his way in this arrogance.

  • zawnn

    I used to be so obsessed with Mr. West! Now.. idk wtf happened to him. I don’t even know if he notices that he’s so weirdish now… I mean dont get me wrong he was always awkward (kinda why I liked him) but he was so smart n just attractive af… arrogant n too On. Omg I can’t explain it, but he’s def different and in a bad way… I’m sad ? hi Kanye

  • Coy little wink

    ???

  • We Can Do This

    In Jamie’s time, dudes were trying to be Philip Bailey.

  • Nophace

    He’s a Kardashian now…it’s to be expected!

  • jazzysmith12

    Dam! Kim has Kanye looking 50 like Jamie.His black cracked,lol

  • jazzysmith12

    I’am so mad at 3 billion Africans for letting 50 thousand white devils show up to the motherland and ensl!ve us.WHITE p!ssy must have been involved.It’s a black man’s kryptonite!!!

  • ebonics

    I agree he was his best as the unknown producer. His older work was great, he makes good beats.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    Jaime shut your corny azz up.

  • Tee Tee

    Thank you!

  • BacktolurkingIgo

    Never judge a book by it’s cover, he might be peshal but he’s talented too.

  • Precious Henry

    I share your feelings. I used to be obsessed with him, his music, seeing him live in concert. I want that Kanye back. I even accepted when he interrupted Taylor. IMO he hasn’t been the same since his mom died…..

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    It was all Jamies ego. He was just mad Kanye told him what to do and was a nobody at the time

  • Mildred Turner

    We praying for the same thing only Kanye slut up like Pippen and he may go the destructive way of Scott.

  • disqus_MNq5Mrn4CF

    rotlmao… for real! Just plain corny..ugh

  • disqus_MNq5Mrn4CF

    Basically

  • Jeanine McNeal

    Please elaborate ??I’m intrigued ??

  • QueenSuga

    Me 2!

  • MSGREENMINUSTHEENVY

    I’m glad jamie is on the song! That song made my high school years the bomb!

  • samuel severino

    MK Ultra is what happened to Kanye.

  • JustB

    And no one has asked since… Not cause he can’t sang but because he is corny and always wanna sang not Sing… JS

  • Faithz

    Nice Song., Jami shut up.

  • Wakando Shamar Taylor

    it’s obvious Jamie never worked with a real producer before

  • Chrisian88

    Listen to Big Brother from Graduation. Kanye addressed the situation. Think he did on the Breakfast Club too. Anyway He basically went with Jay when Rocafella split, even though Dame was the one who signed him and Jay didn’t really believe in him. Kanye later says he did it because he always looked up to Jay and just knew where Jay was headed was where he wanted to go. He also later said he was disloyal to Dame, but doesn’t regret his decision ?????

  • KcoolMuziq

    I worked with Kanye he is a cool dude. VERY humble. Losing his mother really messed him up. He blames himself for her death.

  • EMILY POST

    LOL that was when Kanye was normal…. and made good Music…

  • ?Sugar&Spice?

    I miss old Ye. LOL awwww the memories. 🙂

  • Yetunde

    These are the days I used to love Kanye West. I almost forgot these days existed. It’s nice to have a reminder from time to time.

  • Li

    Jamie has a great voice, but he sings crap. If you hear his duet with Barbara Streisand, you hear how versatile he is.
    Is that Aisha tyler in the video?
    Kanye has gone off the deep end.

  • Li

    Kanye gone off the deep end. I think he has a big ego insecurity problem, trying to be match and be better than Jay-Z and Dre in terms of financial success.

  • Li

    What happened is he went Hollywood. He married Hollywood and he’s trying to be like/match the more successful rappers like Dre and JayZ. Those two have great business minds and financial success. It seems that Kanye is always “catching up”….even John Legend, Kanye’s friend is more successful producing movies, winning awards.

  • Li

    I can see that. But it seems he’s not close to his other family members. Maybe they’re vultures and he shouldn’t be around them, but his dad and his dad’s family….surely he should have some closeness to his family.

  • Li

    I saw Jamie yearsssss back on the comedy circuit, and he was the funniest comedian of the bunch. He could have had a great comedy career.
    His voice is great when he duets with Barbara Streisand.

  • Cali

    “sing the song regular” ????

  • Justlooknout

    Not true, underground Kayne did toe score. He is successfully just arrogant and married the wrong hooker.

  • 4RGSpot

    ??? uuuuugh, Becky’s can have them. Both look tired and used up.

  • Arrissasso

    That was probably payback for the shady way Jamie was alll queening when Kanye was new, I’m picturing it went down like, he was probably hand to his chest like “I’m sorry, who are you?” And diddy and them go he’s the new one*. We can always tell when someone is looking down their noses at us, sizing us up, judging us.

  • Seek Truth Speak Truth

    I love Kanye, I miss the old Kanye, but its okay to be the new Kanye, just be yourself Kanye!!!

    #FreeKanye #SunkenPlace

  • Goodii2Shoes

    That and his hoe should have stuck to closet organization and personal shopping. … Their desperate attempts at success as entrepreneurs and famous creatives is so no bueno

  • Goodii2Shoes

    We also don’t have anything good to say about the end results of his “rise” as u call it lol more like a ludicrous attempt at dickriding..

  • Ladyvil

    Jamie takin it up the a$$ just like Kanye which is how they both get paid in the industry!!

    Pot callin the kettle black an Jamie ur really not the ticket you just think you are!!

  • SumthinSweeter

    Lol at witch pussy ?

  • Youngblood

    That was a funny story

  • MS.BEE

    I THINK HE IS STILL GRIEVING OVER HIS MOTHER.

  • MS.BEE

    RIGHT?? EVERYBODY KEEP STRESSING KIM…,NAWWW HE IS STILL HURTING FROM HIS MOTHER PASSING.

  • Lady Elle

    I use to like Kanye back in the day. Kanye 2017 not so much. Jamie could never really sing to me, that included his In Living Color days

  • TheOwley

    Kanye just gave up making magic. Now he’s locked up in some basement in Cali. I forgot Aisha was in this vid.