When it comes to making music, artists usually say that they just do what feels right. But that's not always enough, as Jamie Foxx reveals in an interview with Men's Health.
"One thing I've learned: You have to rely on someone to tell you what is hot and what's not as you get older," Jamie tells the magazine. The Django Unchained star was in his late 30s when he teamed up with Chicago's Twista and Kanye West for the 2003 hit "Slow Jamz." And while most people would argue that Jamie wasn't anywhere in the neighborhood of "old" during the recording process, he was a bit out of touch.
"When Kanye was telling me about 'Slow Jamz,' I was trying to sing it all happy, and he was like, 'Don't do that. This is hip-hop. Trust me, the simpler it is, the more effective it is,'" Jamie recalls. The song actually went on to become Twista and Jamie's first #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
Keeping up with the times is a serious matter, as Jamie explains. "Music is changing. If you don't change with it, you'll be at the casino performing: 'How y'all feel out there tonight?' I'm still learning how to stay relevant and current -- and at the same time not lose who I am, not be too young."
More than two years have passed since Jamie released his 2010 album Best Night of My Life. The album included contributions from Drake, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa and more, and peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Django Unchained hits theaters December 25.
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