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"Got Money" is the third single from southern hip-hop artist Lil Wayne's sixth studio album, Tha Carter III. The single features singer-songwriter T-Pain. Both T-Pain and Lil Wayne use the auto-tune effect in the song. The single was released as a digital download on iTunes on May 27th, 2008, and peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it his third highest peaking song in his solo career. Lil Wayne and T-Pain performed the song at the BET 2008 awards and the 2008 MTV Music Video Awards. MTV also ranked the song as the #19 Hip-Hop song of 2008.. A part of the song samples and imitates Rihanna's "Umbrella".

The UK radio edit version, released by Universal Irelandmarker, removes the intros and the outros of the song. Its duration is 2:38.

Music video

The official remix, featuring Young Money Entertainment artist Mack Maine, was used to make the music video. The video was shot and released on June 23, 2008, the same day the video for "A Milli" was shot, in Los Angelesmarker and is a follow up to the cliffhanger of "A Milli." The video is directed by Gil Green. Lil Wayne has claimed on his video blog that this video is based on the 2006 film Inside Man. Ray J, Shorty Mack, Nicki Minaj, Birdman, Tyga, Brisco, Lil Twist, Lil Chuckee,Playaz Circle and Kidd Kidd make cameo appearances in the music video, as well as the producers of the song, Play-n-Skillz. The music video premiered on multiple MTV channels on June 23, 2008. In the end, Lil Wayne is the only one arrested while the crew escapes with the money, including Mack Maine and Birdman.

Covers

The song was covered by Korn vocalist Jonathan Davis. The cover features Slipknot guitarist Jim Root and Korn drummer Ray Luzier and was released on Jonathan Davis' solo band website, and is available on itunes.

Remixes

There are multiple freestyles on the internet, such as the ones done by rappers Yung Joc and Pitbull. The official remix features Mack Maine.

Travis Barker recorded a remix to the song.Juelz Santana and Skull Gang Recorded a freestyle to the song entitled "What You Reppin?" and on the "Skull Gang Takeover" mixtape.

Chart performance

The song was the "Hot Shot Debut" of the week on the Billboard Hot 100, entering at #13, making it Lil Wayne's second highest debut. This also made it his second highest peaking song in his solo career, although it's now his third highest peaking. 15 weeks following it's Hot 100 debut, the song rose to a new peak on the chart of #10, giving Lil Wayne his third consecutive top ten hit from Tha Carter III. It has become his fifth top ten on Hot Rap Tracks, thus far peaking at #2. It has been most successful on U.S. Rhythmic stations, reaching number one on the Rhythmic Top 40. When this song reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, Lil Wayne become one of a few artists to have three different tracks in the top 10 in the same week.

Chart (2008) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 10
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 7
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 2
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 17
Canadian Hot 100 30
Dutch Top 40 54
UK Singles Chart 108


References

  1. Got Money (ft. T-Pain) - Single Accessed May 27 2008.
  2. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1601236/20081212/lil_wayne.jhtml
  3. September 25, 2008. Travis Barker Records "Got Money" Remix Day Before Plane Crash. Accessed September 25, 2008.
  4. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6tlbt_juelz-santana-feat-skull-gang-what_music dailymotion.com



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