"Get Money" is the third and final single, "Player's Anthem" having been the first, released from New York rap group Junior M.A.F.I.A.'s debut on August 1995 album, Conspiracy.[1] "Get Money," whose instrumental is fundamentally a sample of R&B singer Sylvia Striplin's 1981 song "You Can't Turn Me Away," was produced by EZ Elpee, rapped by the Notorious B.I.G. and Lil' Kim, and received a music video. B.I.G., formally, was featured,[2] but at times was deemed, like Lil' Kim and Lil' Cease, a Junior M.A.F.I.A. member.[3]

"Get Money"
Get Money.jpg
Cover artwork for the official remix
Single by Junior M.A.F.I.A. featuring the Notorious B.I.G.
from the album Conspiracy
B-side"White Chalk"
ReleasedFebruary 3, 1996 (1996-02-03)
Recorded1994
GenreHip hop
Length4:34
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)EZ Elpee
Junior M.A.F.I.A. singles chronology
"I Need You Tonight"
(1995)
"Get Money"
(1996)
The Notorious B.I.G. singles chronology
"This Time Around"
(1995)
"Get Money"
(1995)
"Only You"
(1996)
Music video
"Get Money" on YouTube

The single included also "Gettin' Money (the Get Money Remix)."[4] Using a different instrumental, a sample of R&B singer Dennis Edwards's 1984 single "Don't Look Any Further,"[4][5] this was produced by DJ Enuff, Lance 'Un' Rivera, and the Notorious B.I.G., and includes new verses by B.I.G, Lil' Kim, and Lil' Cease. The single spent 20 weeks on the main popular songs chart, the Billboard Hot 100, where it entered on February 10 and peaked at #17 on May 25.[6] Certified platinum, one million copies sold,[7] "Get Money" ranked #89 in Billboard magazine's Top Hot 100 Hits of 1996.[8]

As the "platinum smash" that reinforced Lil' Kim's performance on the gold hit "Player's Anthem," the single critically motivated her debut solo album, a November 1996 release.[9] Meanwhile, spinning the original's Get money hook is the Take money refrain of rapper 2Pac's June 1996 single "Hit 'Em Up,"[4] the legendary diss track—answering B.I.G's renowned single "Who Shot Ya," a February 1995 release by Sean "Puffy" Comb's Bad Boy label—that maligns and menaces B.I.G. and Puffy, and shares an instrumental with the "Get Money" remix.[4] "Get Money" has appeared elsewhere in music and in movies.[10]

Music videoEdit

The music video was released for the week ending on January 7, 1996.

Single track listingEdit

A-sideEdit

  1. "Gettin' Money (The Get Money Remix)" (Radio Edit) – 3:59
  2. "Gettin' Money (The Get Money Remix)" (Dirty Version) – 4:09
  3. "Get Money" (Original Version) – 4:34

B-sideEdit

  1. "White Chalk" (Original Version) – 4:40
  2. "White Chalk" (Dirty Version) – 4:40
  3. "Get Money" (Original Instrumental) – 4:34

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[18] Platinum 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, "Junior M.A.F.I.A.: Conspiracy", AllMusic.com, Netaktion LLC, visited 26 Nov 2021.
  2. ^ SoundScan, "Hot Rap Singles", Billboard 1996 Oct 26;108(43):30.
  3. ^ Captioned photo, "Getting money", Billboard, 1996 Nov 23;108(47):62.
  4. ^ a b c d Nate Patrin, Bring That Beat Back: How Sampling Built Hip-Hop (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2020).
  5. ^ Brad Shoup, "A history of Dennis Edwards' 'Don't Look Any Further' through the countless songs that borrow from it", Billboard.com, Billboard Media, LLC, 8 Feb 2018.
  6. ^ Chart history, "The Notorious B.I.G.", Billboard.com, Billboard Media, LLC, visited 26 Nov 2021, which may require scrolling the chart menu's droplist from its default setting, perhaps Adult R&B Airplay, to instead the Hot 100, situated toward the droplist's end.
  7. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1996". Billboard. BPI Communications Inc. 109 (3): 61. January 18, 1997. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  8. ^ "1996: Year-End USA Charts (Singles)". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2008-10-25.(archived by Top40-Charts.com)
  9. ^ Lil' Kim cover story by Robert Marriott, "Blowin' up", Vibe, 2000 Jun–Jul;8(5):124–132, p 130.
  10. ^ For example, the 2002 film 8 Mile and the 2009 biographical film Notorious, about B.I.G., both used "Get Money". And the intro of Lil Wayne 2002 song "Way of Life" also uses the "Don't Look Any Further" instrumental sample and vocally interpolates the refrain Get money, if by employing, instead, Cash Money, the name of Wayne's then label, Cash Money Records.
  11. ^ "Junior MAFIA: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  12. ^ "Junior MAFIA Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  13. ^ "Junior MAFIA Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  14. ^ "Junior MAFIA Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  15. ^ "Junior MAFIA Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  16. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1996". Archived from the original on March 1, 2009. Retrieved August 27, 2010.
  17. ^ "1996 The Year in Music". Billboard. Vol. 108, no. 52. December 28, 1996. p. YE-40. Retrieved June 29, 2021.
  18. ^ "American single certifications – Junior M.A.F.I.A. – Gettin' Money". Recording Industry Association of America.