The idea of employing Jamie Foxx specifically to sing an interpolation of Ray Charles' "I Got a Woman" in place of its initial sample did in fact arise from West seeing Ray with his friend John Mayer.
Foxx's vocals were recorded over many takes; in one version he sang from start to finish, but the track was retracted as his performance didn't coincide well with the song's instrumentation.
The song from number 19 to number one in one week, with the jump ending the 14-week (and 10th consecutive week) run of Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" at number one, and keeping Carey's "Shake It Off" from replacing "We Belong Together" as the number one single.
By reaching number one, "Gold Digger" gave Charles his first Hot 100 chart-topper as a songwriter, credited as a result of the "I Got a Woman" sample.
Released as the second single from West's second album, Late Registration (2005), "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.As an artist, Charles topped the Hot 100 three times in the 1960s, but always with other writers' songs.As of May 2011, the song has sold 3,083,000 copies in the US.The first verse was made later in the year while West was on Usher's Evolution Tour.Lastly, the original third verse was taken from an unreleased song called "Drop Dead Gorgeous," which West had produced and rapped on for Murphy Lee of St. About a year later, right before "Gold Digger" was set to be released as a single, West decided to write a different third verse and in a week the new song was recorded and mastered at Sony Music Studios in New York City.