Jermaine Dupri Explains Creating “Money Ain’t A Thang” With Jay-Z
In a recent interview with FUSE, Jermaine Dupri explained how he made a hit song with Jay-Z. He has worked with many R&B singers such as Usher and Mariah Carey.
The So So Def Founder opened up to FUSE and told stories behind some of his most memorable hits, which included the 1998 Jay-Z collaboration, “Money Ain’t A Thang.”
“When I used the ‘Weak At The Knees’ sample, I couldn’t believe nobody had ever used that beat,” Jermaine Dupri told FUSE during an interview for the “Crate Diggers” series. “I played it, and I was like, ‘Oh man, I gotta use this! I had an hour before Jay-Z was landing, and I was going to pick Jay-Z up from the airport…I was listening to ‘Can’t Knock The Hustle’ when he was saying, ‘Deep in the South kicking up top game / Bouncing on the highway switching four lanes / Screaming through the sunroof money ain’t a thang…’”
Jermaine also stated that he listening session gave him the inspiration to sample Jay-Z’s voice in a track that he could appear on. He said it was the first time an artist sampled a line on their songs.
The song doesn’t appear in the list of most successful Billboard songs, but it can be found on Jermaine Dupri’s certified platinum album, “Jermaine Dupri Presents: Life In 1472.” The interview also featured Jermaine Dupri explaining how he made hits for Usher and his conversation with Michael Jackson.Photo credit: allhiphop.com