Besides the deep voice, bald head and dark glasses, Hayes was most well known for his work on Shaft. He was the first African-American to be awarded an Oscar for a film score.
Hayes joined legendary Stax Records in 1963. He made a name for himself as a producer/songwriter, penning lyrics for the likes of Otis Redding. Later, Hayes made his mark as a recording artist. He became a dominant force in soul music in the 60's and 70's, and in doing so, influenced countless hip hop artists. Walk on By from his 1970 release, Black Moses, has been sampled by Notorious BIG Warning, Tupac Shakur Me Against the World and Compton's Most Wanted Hood Took Me Under. Hayes' track The Look of Love was used by Jay-Z Can I LiveHollis to Hollywood . The foundation for the classic My Mind is Playing Tricks on Me is Hayes' track Hung Up On My Baby. and LL Cool J
Hayes was also no stranger to acting. He appeared in over 20 films including Hustle and Flow, Posse, and I'm Gonna Get You Sucka. In his latest film, due out in November, Soul Men, he stars with none other than the late Bernie Mac. As for the small screen Haves provided the voice of "Chef", the questionable mentor on South Park. He left the show when he disagreed with attacks on Scientology, the religious group he belonged to.
Let's keep praying for Morgan Freeman.....
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TURN OFF THE RADIO!
Wu-Tang Clan feat. Isaac Hayes- I Can't Go To Sleep