Day 302: Money Maker

Song: “Money Maker” by Ludacris feat. Pharrell
Reached #1: October 28, 2006 (his second, 2 weeks)

Shake it…

The concept of “shaking your moneymaker” is hardly new – it’s been around since women first figured out what men were – and singing about it isn’t new either.

Ludacris’ “Money Maker” is a rap take on the blues classic “Shake Your Moneymaker” (Elmore James, 1961).  That song has been covered by artists from Fleetwood Mac to the Black Crowes to Eric Clapton (with Jeff Beck).

However, none of those versions sounded anything like Luda’s collaboration with Pharrell.  And none hit the charts like Ludacris did.  “Money Maker” became his second (and last, so far) #1 Hot 100 hit.  Oddly, he’s only had three Billboard Rap #1s (“Stand Up” on both charts, “Runaway Love” on the Rap chart only).

Off-microphone, Chris Bridges has always been one of the more socially-aware rappers.  In a 2008 mixtape, he rapped about the Presidential election.  And in 2011, he put a lot of time and effort into a push to restock New Orleans’ devastated library system.  While he’s had the usual feuds with other rappers, he’s never been in legal trouble – which, sad to say, may actually hurt his credibility…

He’s been working on a new album since 2010 – it’s not expected to be released until early 2013 although he’s already put out two singles from it.

Tomorrow, an early proof that mystery = sales…

Other songs that reached #1 on October 28:
1978 –
“Hot Child In The City” by Nick Gilder (his first, 1 week)


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