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.
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.