25. Jermaine Dupri feat. Jay-Z, "Money Ain't a Thang"
Slacking on your pimping? Turn it up! Atlanta
kingpin Jermaine Dupri went for producer-as-auteur status, six years after
giving the world Kris Kross, with his debut solo album Life in 1472.
"Money Ain't a Thing" jumps with Seventies trumpet fanfares and Jay-Z
in the double-R to boast, "I been spending hundreds since they had small
faces." (Applause for the timely 1990s currency gag – Ben Franklin's face
was a lot tinier on the bills circa Reasonable Doubt.) When Dupri says, "I don't like it if it don't gleam-gleam," he could be describing his
production style. The peak moment is also the corniest pun, when Jay-Z meets a
new acquaintance: "She said she loved my necklace, started relaxing/Now
that's what the fuck I call a chain reaction."