Got Your Money

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"Got Your Money"
Single by Ol' Dirty Bastard featuring Kelis
from the album Nigga Please
Released August 24, 1999
Format Compact Disc, 12" vinyl
Recorded 1999
Genre Hip hop, R&B
Length 4:01
Label Elektra
Producer(s) The Neptunes
Ol' Dirty Bastard singles chronology
"Fix"
(1997)
"Got Your Money"
(1999)
Kelis singles chronology
"Got Your Money"
(1999)
"Caught Out There"
(1999)

"Got Your Money" is a single by American hip-hop artist Ol' Dirty Bastard, taken from his second full-length LP Nigga Please. The song's chorus is sung by American R&B singer Kelis who makes her first appearance on record. Both the single and the album were released on Elektra Records in 1999. The song was produced by The Neptunes. It was also the only single released from Nigga Please. Listed at number 255 on NMEs 500 greatest songs of all time. This was the last top 10 hit single by Ol' Dirty Bastard to release before his death on November 13, 2004.

In 2012, a parody of the song was made by ADHD called "Where You Hide Your Money" with 2012 Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, as the subject of the song.[1][2] In 2013 and 2014, an altered version of the song appeared in a television commercial for Boost Mobile,[3] and in 2015, a trailer for the film Get Hard.

Summary[edit]

The song is initially dedicated exclusively to the world's population of attractive females, until ODB seems to have pangs of guilt for not including ladies who might be considered 'homely' or 'ugly,' so he decides to include them, with the encouraging words, 'to me, you pretty anyway, baby.' The artist begins the song by expressing his harsh disdain for women whom he meets, who initially appear to be interested in him, yet later express a reversal of opinion. He then transitions into a discussion about how women sometimes imply they are carrying one's child, although the DNA tests may not yet have come back conclusively.

ODB then expresses some confusion with respect to the morality of the situation, but he is able to remedy this by presenting his Cristal brand of champagne, and urging the patrons to disarm themselves, because ODB does not approve of such violence. Continuing, it appears at first that there is some mutual attraction between “Dirty” (ODB) and the female patrons in the establishment; however, it soon becomes apparent to Dirty that the females only wish to use him for a shot at music video stardom. Despite his knowledge of their ulterior motives, ODB’s primary interest remains focused on dancing, and he tries to perpetuate his image as one who should not be taken lightly. He acknowledges a lack of intellectualism, although he claims that this is superseded by his natural charisma.

The females in the establishment start admiring Dirty for his assets, which just causes Dirty to return to the situation at hand: his money. Thereafter, ODB proceeds to wax lyrical about his enjoyment of holding the female form and his impending resolution to engage in larceny. He asks for the females’ assistance in rectifying the situation, and subsequently asks them to expose their nether regions. Dirty finishes off the song with some nonsensical lyrics, that clearly imply his rising anger for the missing money.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Got Your Money" uses footage from the 1975 blaxploitation film Dolemite. No new footage of ODB was filmed for the video. Footage of ODB was taken from the 1995 music video for Shimmy Shimmy Ya.

It also features Kelis, with Beverly Peele and Tangi Miller as backup dancers.[4][5]

Pitchfork Media included it in their list of Top 50 Music Videos of the 1990s.[6]

Track listing[edit]

CD single[edit]

  1. "Got Your Money" (Amended Version) – 4:03
  2. "Got Your Money" (Instrumental) – 4:02
  3. "Got Your Money" (A cappella) – 4:02
  4. "I Can't Wait" (Amended Version) – 4:03
  5. "I Can't Wait" (Instrumental) – 4:02
  6. "I Can't Wait" (A cappella) – 3:39
  7. "Cold Blooded" (Amended Version) – 3:36

12" single[edit]

  1. "Got Your Money" (Amended Version) – 4:03
  2. "Got Your Money" (Original Version) – 4:03
  3. "Got Your Money" (Instrumental) – 4:02

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1999–2000) Peak
position
France (SNEP)[7] 82
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[8] 96
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 11
U.S. Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 19
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 26

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