A local go-go producer mixes beats with bills in honor of the 5-year old stimulus

February 21, 2014
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Back in 2009, Congress and the White House dipped into the country’s pocketbook and wrote a check for $800 billion. Five years in, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, known to those short of breath as the stimulus bill, is being touted by the White House as a smashing success. So we asked another self-proclaimed hit maker, DJ Dyn-O-Might, who made a go-go remix of Lorde’s anti-elite record “Royals,” for a playlist that mixes beats and bills. He and local rapper Kenny Sharp even re-imagined Chuck Brown as a singing Uncle Sam.

1. Chuck Brown “We Need Some Money”

“I have to start off with a D.C. legend and a simple message.”

2. Pink Floyd “Money”

“Classic bass line, classic song, classic album.”

3. The O’Jays “For The Love of Money”

“The song was written the same year as Pink Floyd’s ‘Money’ in 1973. ‘Don’t let money change you’ is the best line in this song. Houses and cars can change but you shouldn’t.”

4. Wu-Tang “C.R.E.A.M.”

“One of the best acronyms [Cash Rules Everything Around Me] ever created.”

5. Notorious B.I.G. “Mo Money Mo Problems”

“‘Mo Money, Mo Problems’ can be so true if you can’t manage it with business, friends, and family. On the bright side there’s the music video — literally. Mase and Puff Daddy in shiny sweat suits will never get old.”

6. Calloway “I Wanna be Rich”

“Nice record when it came out. Seems like everybody wants to be rich but in the words of Bob Marley, ‘Do material things make you rich?'”

7. Hall and Oates “Rich Girl”

“This is a classic number one record about someone who grew up with money as a safety net. The song was actually written about a man but Hall & Oates decided it sounded it better as a girl and I agree. Still relevant in the age of ‘affluenza’ as a defense in the court of law.”

8. Louchie Lou & Michie One “Rich Girl”

“Before Gwen Stefani there was Louchie Lou & Michie One offering the female’s perspective. I challenge you to listen to this without moving some body part along with the beat.”

9. Kanye West “Gold Digger”

“Kanye West recently stated that he only put this song out because he knew it would be a commercial success. So I’m not saying he’s a gold digger but…”

10. The Beatles “Can’t Buy Me Love”
“Because at the end of the day.”

Helena Andrews is the co-author of The Reliable Source. Follow her on Twitter @helena_andrews, and send your hot tips, sightings, and gossip to reliablesource@washpost.com.
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