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Parodies strike 'Gold'

By GINA VIVINETTO, Times Pop Music Critic
Published October 5, 2005

Dubbers are digging Kanye West's Gold Digger.

Have you heard 93.3-WFLZ'S version customized for the Tampa Bay area?


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The parody can be heard at

The song pokes fun at snooty ladies in Tampa Palms who won't talk to the rapper and his friends because they drive Pintos and the ladies "like the Benz," while Ybor City girls get a shout out for being ready to party.

A call to Kane, popular DJ at the station, reveals the truth.

It's not really West rapping about the ladies of Tampa Bay.

The song was put together by Kane and his pal DF Dub, a deejay and musical artist who lives in Dallas.

Kane, who is single and knows all about the dating scene in the bay area, gave some insight to Dub, who scored a hit in 2003 with Country Girl.

"I told him about Plant City girls being kind of rednecky," Kane says, laughing. "And the Ybor girls being, you know, a little slutty."

Dub then put some lyrics together and rapped it to the tune of Gold Digger.

"The reaction has been incredible," says Kane. "Every time we play it, we get at least a hundred calls."

Both the men and the women who call in love the song, he says. "The girls think it's funny, too, because they know there's a lot of truth to it. We at the station live the lifestyle of our listeners and we know what's out there."

To listen to the Tampa version of Gold Digger, visit

The Bush version: Dub isn't the only one having some fun with Gold Digger.

Houston rappers Damien Randle and Micah Nickerson, who bill themselves professionally as the Legendary K.O., took West's infamous unscripted remark during a live NBC telethon for hurricane relief ("George Bush doesn't care about black people"), improvised some rhymes and grafted them onto the Top 10 single.

Thirty minutes in the making, the unauthorized remix is in the midst of an equally rapid burst of notoriety in the cyberworld.

Since George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People appeared on the Web on Sept. 6, it reportedly has been downloaded at least 500,000 times, although such figures are impossible to verify.

You can download it at Legendary K.O.'s Web site,

- Gina Vivinetto

Information from the Los Angeles Times was used in this report.

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