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Ray Charles' Fam:

He'd Respect New Tribute Song

... But He Didn't Like Rap

3/11/2012 3:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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The new song "Ray Charles" by Chiddy Bang is getting two BIG thumbs up from the famous singer's family ... even though they claim Ray wasn't a real fan of rap music.

TMZ spoke with Blair Robinson -- Ray's grandaughter and an aspiring singer -- who says tells us, "Is it grandfather's kind of music? No ... but I'm sure he's up there giving it a good chuckle."

She adds, "As one artist to another, Ray would have respected the group's craft."

For those unaware, "Ray Charles" by Chiddy Bang is becoming a breakout hit -- it's already #55 on the Billboard 200.

Blair says the group did make one mistake -- she joked, "They should have let ME sing the hook!"



11 COMMENTS

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1.

Phreaky    

Rap is CRAP

870 days ago
2.

Randy Morrison    

The song SUCKS! BUT, the white dude is sexy and adorkable!

870 days ago
3.

TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

Only God knows how much I hate Rap.

870 days ago
4.

Jay W.     

Ray is "rolling over" in his grave.

870 days ago
5.

blp    

The song is STUPID AS HELL! GARBAGE!

870 days ago
6.

Susan    

A church choir and that language together? As if a church choir would be raising their hands and singing to this garbage. I'm offended, but who am I? How about a rap song that doesn't include offensive language. Can it be done? What, on God's green earth, is this nation coming to? If this is any indication of those that will be making decisions when I'm old and gray.....well, maybe it's time to move to another country. God help the USA.

870 days ago
7.

Jay W.     

"How about a rap song that doesn't include offensive language."

The Sugar Hill Gang. "Rapper's Delight" c.1979

870 days ago
8.

The Neko Nation    

Ray Charles was a real musician and a class act. Unlike these animal thug ghetto rappers who think they are musicians.

870 days ago
9.

PadreDePensar    

This dude sounds just like Ahmad from "Back in the Day"

870 days ago
10.

Uncel Elroy    

THIS IS A COOL TUNE! WTF ARE U BUTTHEADS TALKING ABOUT? :)

868 days ago
11.

Jiafa Wang    

Chiddy Bang is an amazing hip hop act. I don't know what you guys are smoking but they are very creative with their music if you actually listen to their lyrics. Play on words, puns, metaphors u name it. Everybody else like lil b , soulja boy and *** rappers made hip hop look retarded. drake, he raps about his feelings so u already kno he's a bicth

866 days ago

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