Millionaire

Album: Blood, Sweat, & 3 Years (2016)
Charted: 25

Songfacts®:

  • This collaboration with British producer Digital Farm Animals and rapper Nelly incorporates the "Hey, she must be the money" line from Nelly's 2000 hit song "Ride Wit Me." According to Cash Cash member Jean Paul Makhlouf, the sample almost never happened. He recalled in a Genius annotation:

    "Before Nelly came in, we had some of his team there and I was like, 'Look, I have this idea to incorporate 'Ride Wit Me' where we take a line or take a reference and flip it around and sample it.' Everybody was against it. The whole team was like, 'It's gonna be a mess to clear. It's gonna be a pain in the ass and Nelly is not going to be down. He might think it's weird so when he gets it don't say anything. Don't bring it up.'

    But during the session, halfway through, I was like, 'I'm going to kill myself if I don't say this. I'm going to regret not bringing it up.' So I turn to Nelly and said, "Dude, what if we just took the line 'must be the money' and flipped it around and threw it before the chorus to pay homage to 'Ride Wit Me' and to tie it in with 'Millionaire.'" And he looked at me in dead silence and stared at me for a second thinking about it in his head. Then he said, 'That might be a really good idea. I'm down.' I was like, 'Oh s--t!'"
  • Digital Farm Animals is British music producer and DJ Nicholas Gale. His writing credits include co-penning Galantis' UK Top 5 single "No Money."
  • Gale told Pressparty how the collaboration come about. "Cash Cash and I had worked on the record and they'd just remixed a record for Nelly. One thing led to another and Nelly got his hands on it and we ended up cutting the record pretty soon after!"
  • Gale explained the background to the music clip: "I really wanted to get stuck in on this video as my dream was to shoot a hip-hop video circa 2002," he said. "It was a lot of fun to say the least. Every gig I do from now on will (try desperately to) be a version of the video. Free drinks, loads of people better looking than me and Nelly."

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