Money Maker

"Money Maker" is a song written and performed by American rapper Ludacris and R&B singer Pharrell Williams. The song was released to the radio on July 17, 2006 as the first single from Ludacris's fifth album Release Therapy. Produced by Williams and Chad Hugo (known collectively as The Neptunes), the song is a reimagining of the 1961 Elmore James blues song "Shake Your Moneymaker". The single became Ludacris' third number-one song on the US Billboard Hot 100, while also topping the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Tracks charts. It also became the number-one single on radio in the United States on October 19, 2006[specify].

"Money Maker"
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Single by Ludacris featuring Pharrell
from the album Release Therapy
ReleasedJuly 17, 2006 (U.S. radio)
FormatCD single
GenreDirty rap
LabelDTP, Def Jam
Songwriter(s)Christopher Bridges, Pharrell Williams
Producer(s)The Neptunes
Ludacris singles chronology
"Money Maker"
"Need a Boss"
Pharrell singles chronology
"Mr. Me Too"
"Money Maker"
"That Girl"
Music video
"Money Maker" on YouTube

Released on August 17, 2006, the song's music video premiered on MTV's Making the Video and later managed to reach the number-one spot on BET's 106 & Park, where it remained for several days. The single had a major promotional campaign and huge airplay on radio around the U.S., Canada and other countries around the globe, while the video received strong airplay on BET, MTV, and Canada's Muchmusic. The song was performed on the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards and later won Best Rap Song at the 49th Grammy Awards.

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 album Because I Love It). The song however did not appear on the final album. Because I Love It was released to international markets only.

Critical receptionEdit

  • About      

"Money Maker" was obviously intended as a summer smash, as it more than satisfies the requirements: lame yet memorable pick-up lines ("I'm a bedroom gangsta"), disorganized, rambunctious production, and an accompanying big-budget video. Overall, it's a major setback in Ludacris' campaign to claim the Southern rap throne.

  • Pitchfork      

Atlanta really did need another strip-club anthem. So Ludacris and Pharrell deliver "Money Maker", roasting a Nellyesque sing-rap over steamy tropical percussion, a relentless knock that re-imagines "Can I Get a..." played with pots and pans. Fleshed out with deep, one-two bass punches and organs that trickle before bursting, it sounds faintly sinister. The hook boasts a lowering blend of Eros and economics: Luda's soliciting followed by Skateboard's stage-whispered counsel to "Shake your moneymaker / Like somebody 'bout to pay ya."

Commercial performanceEdit

"Money Maker" debuted at number 96 on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of August 26, 2006.[1] It moved seventeen spots to number 79 the week of September 2, 2006[2] and another eighteen spots to number 61 the week after.[3] Two weeks later, it entered the top 40 at number 15 the week of September 23, 2006.[4] It moved thirteen spots to number two the week after with gains in airplay and digital sales,[5] but was kept off the top spot for four weeks by Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack".[6] It reached number one the week of October 28, 2006 and held that spot for two weeks before losing it again to Timberlake with "My Love",[7] remaining on the chart for a total of twenty-five weeks.[8] The song gave Ludacris his second number-one hit as lead artist and third overall, as well as Pharrell's second number-one hit.

The song barely has an appearance count in the Billboard Year-End of two, coming in at number thirty-five in 2006 and number ninety-two in 2007.

It peaked at number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for one week,[9] the Rhythmic chart for five weeks,[10] and the Hot Rap Songs chart for seven weeks.[11] On December 6, 2006, the song was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for selling over 1,000,000 copies in the United States.[12]

Music videoEdit

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 personnelEdit

The credits for "Money Maker" are adapted from the liner notes of Release Therapy.[13]


Charts and certificationsEdit

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "The Hot: September 2, 2006". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  3. ^ "The Hot 100: September 9, 2006". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  4. ^ "The Hot 100: September 23, 2006". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  5. ^ Cohen, Jonathan (September 21, 2006). "All Timberlake, All The Time On Billboard Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  6. ^ Hope, Clover (October 12, 2006). "Timberlake Still 'Sexy' At No. 1, New Single Keeps Climbing". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  7. ^ Hope, Clover (November 2, 2006). "Timberlake Scores Second Straight Hot 100 No. 1". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  8. ^ "Ludacris and Pharrell Williams - Money Maker". Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  9. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – 2006 Archive". Billboard. Promtheus Global Media. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  10. ^ "Money Maker" October 14 – November 11, 2006:
  11. ^ "Rap Songs – 2006 Archive". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  12. ^ a b "American single certifications – Ludacris – Money Maker". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  13. ^ (2007) Release notes for Release Therapy by Ludacris (liner notes). The Island Def Jam Music Group (1708937)
  14. ^ "Ludacris, Money Maker". (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
  15. ^ "Ludacris Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
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  17. ^ "Ludacris Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
  18. ^ "Ludacris > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". AllMusic. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
  19. ^ "Ludacris Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved August 28, 2011.
  20. ^ "Hot 100 Songs: 2006". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  21. ^ "Rap Songs: 2006". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  22. ^ "Rhythmic Songs – Year-End 2006". Billboard. Retrieved January 22, 2020.
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