Academy award-winning actor and Grammy Award-nominated singer and songwriter Jamie Foxx -- currently riding high on pop, R&B, and rap charts as Kanye West's guest on his #1 single 'Gold Digger', is ready to take the world by storm with his J records debut Unpredictable. Features guest appearances by Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, Pharrell Williams, Ludacris, and Twista. The first single will be the album's title track 'Unpredictable', that features rap phenomenon Ludacris. 2005.
Lest you think Jamie Foxx is simply capitalizing on his Oscar-winning turn in Ray
, don't forget that Unpredictable
is actually a follow-up (albeit 11 years later) to his 1994 debut, Peep This
. In fact, Unpredictable
even sounds like a slow jams album from the '90s; despite featuring guests like Snoop, Kanye West, and The Game, Foxx isn't trying to out-club Ciara or Amerie with a series of hip-hop-flavored tracks. Instead, he relies on getting his croon on with tried-and-true R&B balladry. Unpredictable
actually gets rather predictable over the course of 15 songs, too many of which begin to meld into one another. But on the best songs, like the sublimely acoustic "Heaven" and his duet with Mary J Blige ("Love Changes"), Foxx reminds you that he has been singing just as long as he's been acting; this is no Jamie-Come-Lately. --Oliver Wang