From The Beatles to The O'Jays...Prince to The Notorious B.I.G., music history is replete with artists who've devoted lyrics and bars to warning us about the dangers of money. But in recent years, few have sounded more groovy than Michael Kiwanuka and Tom Misch on their funky joint effort "Money." The duo is in good company, following other equally-dope 2019 collaborations like H.E.R./YBN Cordae on "Racks" and The Hamiltones/Ricco Barrino/Phonte on "Money Can’t Buy You Love (Remix)." But the talented Brits have taken it a step further by releasing visuals for the thought-provoking jam.
The clip opens at a neighborhood grocery store where Kiwanuka goes about his mundane daily duties – stocking shelves, using a price gun and performing a "clean-up on Aisle 5" for the umpteenth time. We feel his pain. But just as we begin to extend empathy, the truth is revealed. He's not an underpaid employee, he's an undercover millionaire — and a stingy one at that, offering the employees a big fat check for $500 to split among themselves. On the plus side, he and business partner Misch break out a cash cannon to shower the workers with some extra cash. However, being "The World's Most Successful Person EVER!" ain't all it's cracked up to be. Big stacks and fancy cars are great, but it ain't no fun if there's no one to share it with.
Director Louis Bhose spares no detail throughout the fun clip, from "Fool's Gold" cereal on the shelves to a magazine cover line homage to Wu-Tang Clan's "C.R.E.A.M." Scroll down to watch Michael and Tom flex in all of their leisure-suited glory for the "Money" video below. The track will be featured on Kiwanuka's forthcoming album to be released later this year. In the meantime, you can purchase the song for your playlist and visit both Michael and Tom's websites to see when they'll be coming to a town near you.