Foxx turns his attention to music with new CD

 Long before he won an Oscar for his role in Ray and previous to his roles in various television productions, Jamie Foxx was a vocalist and pianist. Though he’s not exactly retiring from acting, this week the emphasis shifts to his musical side with the release of the CD Unpredictable

Foxx has been working on this project for several months, sandwiching recording sessions into his crowded film schedule. The 15-song project teams him with a number of R&B and rap heavyweights, among them Twista, Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, Common, the Game, Ludacris and Mary J. Blige. Since Foxx has already enjoyed some chart success in his collaborations with West and Twista, this release might not face the usual suspicion and resistance given to musical works released by actors.

Still, while much of this material is well produced and competently done, none of it comes close to duplicating the magic Foxx has created on screen, not only in Ray but also in Jarhead.

Other notable releases this week include Ja Rule’s Exodus (Def Jam), Anthony Hamilton’s Ain’t Nobody Worryin’ (Arista), Jahiem’s Ghetto Classics (Warner Bros.), Youngbloodz’s Ev’rybody Know Me (La Face), Cypress Hill’s Greatest Hits (Sony), Trick Trick’s The People Vs. (Motown) and Lyfe Jennings’ 268-192 (Special Edition).

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