Slow Jamz

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"Slow Jamz"
Twista featuring Kanye West and Jamie Foxx - Slow Jamz - CD single cover.jpg
Single by Twista featuring Kanye West and Jamie Foxx
from the album Kamikaze and The College Dropout
ReleasedDecember 2, 2003 (2003-12-02)
Format12-inch maxi single
  • 3:32 (Kamikaze version)
  • 5:16 (The College Dropout version)
Producer(s)Kanye West
Twista singles chronology
"Get It Wet"
"Slow Jamz"
"Overnight Celebrity"
Kanye West singles chronology
"Through the Wire"
"Slow Jamz"
"Get By"
Jamie Foxx singles chronology
"Slow Jamz"
"Gold Digger"
"Slow Jamz" (Kamikaze version) on YouTube
"Slow Jamz" (The College Dropout version) on YouTube

"Slow Jamz" is a single by American rapper Twista featuring Kanye West and Jamie Foxx. It was released in late 2003 as the lead single from his album Kamikaze and the second single from Kanye West's debut album The College Dropout. The Kanye West version includes an intro and two extra verses by Jamie Foxx, and excludes the original outro by Twista. Tracie Spencer provides background vocals on both versions, and plays the female answer in Foxx's last verse on the Kanye West version.

Song information[edit]

The song is a tribute to classic smooth soul artists and slow jam songs. Kanye West is the song's producer and supplies the first verse, Twista gives the second verse and the outro, and actor/singer Jamie Foxx sings the chorus. The song's high-pitched vocal hook – "Are you gonna be, are you gonna be, are you gonna be, well well well well" as well as "Are you gonna be, say that you gonna be" – is sung by Luther Vandross, taken from his version of "A House Is Not a Home."

Twista's first verse is given a memorable introduction with innuendo from West and former The Talk host Aisha Tyler:

Tyler: Now Kanye, I know I told you to slow it down, it's good, it's all good, it's beautiful. But now I need you to do it faster baby, can you please, do it faster baby, do it faster!
West: Damn, baby; I can't do it that fast...but I know somebody who can. Twista!

Music video[edit]

The video shows a party; at first we see Jamie Foxx buying records for the party then it goes to the party where Kanye West and Twista are. It includes cameo appearances by Consequence, Aisha Tyler, John Legend, Mike Epps, and Common.


The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a week on February 10, 2004 becoming Twista's, West's and Foxx's first number one single. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Q magazine listed it as the nineteenth greatest hip-hop song of all time.[1]

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Track listing[edit]


  1. "Slow Jamz" (Explicit) (4:06)
  2. "Slow Jamz" (Edited) (3:34)
  3. "Slow Jamz" (Instrumental) (3:33)


  1. "Badunkadunk" (Explicit) (4:16)
  2. "Badunkadunk" (Edited) (4:16)
  3. "Badunkadunk" (Instrumental) (4:15)


  1. "Slow Jamz" (DJ Drama Remix) [Featuring T.I., Kanye West, & Jamie Foxx]
  2. "Slow Jamz" (ColliPark Remix) (Featuring Mr. Collipark & Jamie Foxx) (Official Remix)


Chart (2004) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 26
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[3] 4
Germany (Official German Charts)[4] 58
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 30
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[6] 14
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 9
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 1
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 1

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