Money Maker

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For the song by The Black Keys, see El Camino (The Black Keys album). For the Froggy Fresh album, see Money Maker (Re-Loaded). For the Elmore James blues single, see Shake Your Moneymaker (song).
"Money Maker"
Single by Ludacris featuring Pharrell
from the album Release Therapy
Released July 17, 2006 (U.S. radio)
Format CD single
Recorded 2006
Genre Dirty rap
Label DTP, Def Jam
Writer(s) Pharrell Williams, Christopher Bridges
Producer(s) The Neptunes
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Ludacris singles chronology
"Money Maker"
"Need a Boss"
Pharrell singles chronology
"Mr. Me Too"
"Money Maker"
"That Girl"

"Money Maker" is the first single from Ludacris's fifth album Release Therapy. The song was released to the radio on July 17, 2006. The song is Ludacris' take on the 1961 Elmore James blues song Shake Your Moneymaker. It was produced by The Neptunes and features Pharrell. The song was written by Chris Bridges (Ludacris), and Pharrell Williams. The video was released on August 17, 2006. The video premiered on MTV's Making the Video. The single reached number 1 on various charts. It has peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and number 1 on Hot Rap Tracks in the United States. It also became the number 1 single on radio in the United States on October 19, 2006[specify]. The music video managed to enter BET's 106 & Park and peak at number 1, where it remained for several days. The single has strong airplay on BET and MTV. It also has airplay on Canada's Muchmusic. The single had a major promotional campaign and huge airplay on radio around the U.S., Canada and other countries around the globe. The song was performed on the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. This is Ludacris's third #1 hit single.

American R&B singer, Amerie, recorded an answer back (remix) to the single. The song was included on her first Mixtape, Because I Love It Volume 1 (the mixtape that was released to accompany her third studio Because I Love It). The song however did not appear on the final album. "Because I Love It" was released to international markets only.

The song won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Song in 2007.


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Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Melina (who directed R&B singer Shareefa's "Need a Boss") and was released on August 17, 2006, premiering on various music channels including BET, MTV, and MuchMusic.

The video to "Money Maker" consists of Ludacris rapping with girls dancing around him against a basically-colored background of orange, green and black. He has a counting machine that counts how many times he gets a girl to shake her rear end (called "money maker") for him. Pharrell appears during the chorus with girls and stacks of money. There is also a Chrysler ME Four-Twelve and large speakers in the background that vibrate throughout the video, which are no more than salad bowls, according to Ludacris in MTV's "Making the Video". Cameo appearances are made by Allen Iverson, Shareefa, Bobby Valentino, & Lil Fate. The video is notable for Ludacris' first appearance on camera with a fade haircut, as he had cut his trademark cornrows in order to signify a new image for himself.

Credits and personnel[edit]

The credits for "Money Maker" are adapted from the liner notes of Release Therapy.[1]



Chart (2006) Peak
Germany (Media Control AG)[2] 86
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 1
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[4] 1
US Rap Songs (Billboard)[5] 1
US Pop Songs (Billboard)[6] 5

See also[edit]


  1. ^ (2007) Release notes for Release Therapy by Ludacris (liner notes). The Island Def Jam Music Group (1708937)
  2. ^ "Ludacris, Money Maker". (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Ludacris Album & Song Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Ludacris Album & Song Chart History: R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Ludacris Album & Song Chart History: Rap Songs". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Ludacris > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Macrovision. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 

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