The 98 Best Songs of 1998: Pop's Weirdest Year

In 1998, boundaries blew open and new genres were invented each week. We look back at the best, brightest and weirdest from a pivotal year in pop

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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."

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