Ray Charles (song)
|Single by Chiddy Bang|
|from the album Breakfast|
|Released||November 14, 2011|
|Genre||Alternative hip hop, soul, R&B|
|Writer(s)||David Katz, Anthony Martini, Sam Hollander, Adam Palin, Chidera Anamege, Noah Beresin|
|Producer(s)||Xaphoon Jones S*A*M and Sluggo|
|Chiddy Bang singles chronology|
"Ray Charles" is a single released from American rap group Chiddy Bang. It was released in Canada on November 14, 2011 as a digital download as the second single from their debut studio album Breakfast. The song is an homage to the musician of the same name.
A music video to accompany the release of "Ray Charles" was first released onto YouTube on January 5, 2012. The music video features the duo watching videos on VEVO, including one that features the duo dressed up like Ray Charles. Briefly, "Pass Out" and "So What Cha Want", by Tinie Tempah and the Beastie Boys, respectively, can be heard. The scene in the church towards the end of the video is an homage to The Blues Brothers. After one and week of being on the site the official video had been viewed just over 3.8 million times.
Robert Copsey of Digital Spy gave the song a positive review stating:
It's easy to see how they've come to appreciate the late star as their soul homage not only fully embodies his sound, but also highlights how popular it remains today. Over a vintage piano riff and bouncy jazz section they rap a tribute to the legend that falls somewhere between profound and dangerously tongue-in-cheek ("You're too blind to see it"), but the result nonetheless sounds genuinely heartfelt. 
- Digital Download
- "Ray Charles" – 3:43
|ARIA Australian Singles Chart||54|
|Scotland (Official Charts Company)||13|
|UK R&B (Official Charts Company)||4|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||13|
|United States||November 14, 2011||Digital download||EMI|
|January 24, 2012||Rhythmic radio||Capitol Records|
|United Kingdom||26 February 2012||Digital download||EMI|
- Chiddy Bang - Ray Charles. YouTube
- Robert Copsey. "Chiddy Bang: 'Ray Charles' - Single review". Digital Spy. digitalspy.co.uk.
-  ARIA Report 1144. Retrieved 2012-03-25
- "Chart Track: Week 09, 2012". Irish Singles Chart.
- "Archive Chart: 2012-03-10". Scottish Singles Top 40.
- "Archive Chart: 2012-03-10" UK R&B Chart.
- "Archive Chart: 2012-03-10" UK Singles Chart.
- Ray Charles - Single by Chiddy Bang. iTunes
- Ray Charles - EP by Chiddy Bang. iTunes