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SoundTable Discussion: This. This Is SoulBounce…Reviewing Mariah Carey’s New Album

Track 12: “Money ($ * / ...)” feat. Fabolous

D-Money: Mariah should’ve named this album Me. I Am Mariah...The Punctuational Terrorist. Why does this song title need parentheses, a dollar sign, an asterisk, a forward slash and an ellipsis?! *right eye twitches uncontrollably*

Butta: Yeah, she’s doing the most. What does all that even mean?

D-Money: It means “I want to annoy the fuck out of everyone” in Mariah-nese. Kinda like these horns at the beginning of the song.

Butta: It had a little New Orleans flavor that I dug, but then it got increasingly nerve-grating.

D-Money: Once the drums and other instruments kicked in, the horns got a little more tolerable. But that opening blast was just too much.

Butta: Speaking of sounds, does Fabolous not sound like himself here? I didn’t even recognize his voice or realize that it was him until I went back to read who the rapper was on the tracklist.

D-Money: I recognized his voice straight off. But there’s definitely a second, uncredited rapper on this. Not sure who it is though.

Butta: Hit-Boy perhaps?

D-Money: No idea. Just like I have no idea what “chefs with hollandaise” have to do with “jets on holidays” and expensive lingerie. Is hollandaise sauce supposed to be high class now? I mean, they serve it at Denny’s.

Butta: *dead*

So aside from the ridiculous title, annoying horn intro and Fabolous’ hungry lyrics, what about the the rest of the song? It’s kinda middle of the road. Here again, not a terrible song, but definitely filler and it should have been sequenced around the other hippity hoppity tracks like “Dedicated.”

D-Money: Yeah, it’s not a main draw and it’s definitely oddly placed, but once you get past that damn horn intro, it’s an enjoyable enough track.

Butta: Exactly. Don’t hate it, don’t love it.

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