Ain't Nothin' Goin' on But the Rent
|"Ain't Nothin' Goin' on But the Rent"|
|Single by Gwen Guthrie|
|from the album Good to Go Lover|
|Gwen Guthrie singles chronology|
"Ain't Nothin' Goin' on But the Rent" is a hit song recorded by R&B singer Gwen Guthrie. Released as a single in 1986 on Polydor Records, the song became the biggest hit of Guthrie's career, and the song's title became a semi-popular catchphrase among many women throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s.
The song was a major hit in the U.S., mostly in dance clubs and on the radio, charting moderately on the US pop chart (reaching #42 on the Billboard Hot 100), but faring better on the R&B chart where it spent one week at #1 and on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart where it spent two weeks at the top. The song was also successful in parts of Europe, reaching #5 on the UK Singles Chart, where it remains a '80s radio classic. It also reached number-one in New Zealand.
References to other songs
The song contains apparent references to at least two other songs:
The line "You got to have a J-O-B if you want to be-with-me" is set to a melody that recurs throughout "Doctor Love", a 1977 disco hit by First Choice.
The line "Nothing from nothing leaves nothing." Is taken from Billy Preston's 1974 hit song of the same name.
Covers and pop culture references
This song has been referenced numerous times in popular culture, including songs with similar messages, such as Destiny's Child's "Bills, Bills, Bills", and by Eddie Murphy in one of his stand-up comedy shows. Rapper Foxy Brown also released a cover version of the song, JOB feat. Mýa, on her 1999 album Chyna Doll. The song was also used in the 8th episode of Rupaul's Drag Race Season 5, when contestants Alyssa Edwards and Ivy Winters had to lipsync to it to avoid elimination.
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