There are now only two things that I will agree with Jay-Z about: 1) Beyonce is hot and 2) "We Are The World" should have not been remade. Seriously, you did not help Haiti by doing this. Instead, you raped an iconic song and proceeded to crap it and the country you wish to help. If the world can be a brighter day by giving, why then, did you give us this horrid cover.
As a kid, "We Are The World" was awesome. It had Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Hall and Oates, Cyndi Lauper and Dan Ackroyd...err, let's forget the last name, nonetheless, still awesome. There's Stevie Wonder and Bruce Springsteen bringing awareness to donating food and money to charity. Those were great times. Who does not want Bob Dylan stumbing across his lines about "making it a better day for you and meeee."
Today, we get autotune, oversinging, lame rapping, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson and many more who can not hold a candle to James Ingram. Seriously, why even include Lil' Wayne and T-Pain if they are just going to use autotune. That was a wasted spot that could have gone to someone talented which in itself would be a first on this song, no offense to any of the countless, talented artists on this song.
Also, Jamie Foxx, it has been years since you were Ray Charles (in a film), so while you may have thought doing a Ray Charles impersonation was clever. I assure you, it was not. Now, if you had brought back Wanda to do that part, that would be a different story and a entirely different song. Speaking of tacky, what is with the Michael Jackson image in the video? That is really lame and cheap much like this cover.
Finally, there is a whole rapping part, a damning sign of any bad cover attempting to be modern. Here is the thing, Rap and Hip Hop existed in 1985 and it was not on the original track, so why inject it into the new version. It is so out of place like a plot or decent acting in a Jerry Bruckheimer or Michael Bay film. Really, it is 2010, are we still adding a rap as a lame attempt at updating an older song.
In summary, there have been some cold, heartless crimes commited in the history of Pop music. Likewise, there have been enough songs and acts to make you hate the basic concept of music. This song is the glue that holds both of those things together as well as being another unneccesary cover. Speaking of which, Simon Cowell has brought together a few people (I can not emphasize the word "people" as in who are they) to cover R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts." Somehow, I can not help but feel that title applies to both songs.