Friday, January 11, 2008

"The Evolution of Dollar Bill Y'all"

I stumbled onto the following little bunch of information over @ while surfing around the www.

It's the evolution of the meme "Dollar Bill Y'all", the chorus to one of my favorite old school Rap jams by Jimmy Spicer.

meme: definition:
n. A unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another.

While I am sure that this cannot be a complete chronicling of it's use, it is interesting. - Ace:)

  • 1983Jimmy Spicer, "Money (Dollar Bill Y'All)" - The single that started it all. It's extremely simple and repetitive, but infectious, with a synthesizer making beeps and a voice saying "Dollar bill y'all, Dollar bill y'all, Dollar-dollar-dollar-dollar Dollar bill y'all." Who would have expected the phrase to have such resonance?

  • 1993 — Wu-Tang Clan, "C.R.E.A.M." - From Wu-Tang Clan's seminal debut LP, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). The chorus goes, "Cash rules everything around me/ C.R.E.A.M./ Get the money/ Dollar dollar bill y'all." Wu-Tang Clan have always been critical darlings and are hugely influential. I believe all subsequent iterations of the "dollar bill y'all" meme to be spawned by 1993's C.R.E.A.M., not the 1983 Jimmy Spicer single.

  • 1997 — Nu-metal artists Limp Bizkit release an LP entitled Three Dollar Bill Yall$.

  • 1997Coolio performs a cover version of Jimmy Spicer's "Money (Dollar Bill Y'All)" on a compilation album called In Tha Beginning… There Was Rap (a collection of old-school rap standards covered by current rap artists).

  • 1998 — R&B artist R. Kelly releases a double-LP entitled R., on which Disc Two, Track Four is "Dollar Bill," which contains the lyrics "The dollar bill/ Dollar bill y'all, dollar bill y'all, dollar bill y'all."

  • 2001Ice Cube releases a "Greatest Hits" album, which contains a song called "$100 Bill Y'All."

  • 2007Swizz Beatz releases "It's Me B!tches", which contains a direct reference to Wu-Tang Clan's "C.R.E.A.M." — "Ring the alarm, man/ Call me the sandman/ When I drop beats I'm the one-man band, man/ Cash rules everything around me, C.R.E.A.M., Get the money, dollar dollar bills y'all/ F_ck it."

  • 2007Wyclef Jean's album Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs of an Immigrant has a hit single (featuring guest appearances by Akon, Lil Wayne, and Niia), entitled "Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)." The song contains a direct reference to Wu-Tang Clan's "C.R.E.A.M." — "See, I'm-a tell ya/ Like Wu told me/ Cash rules everything/ Around me/ Singin' dollar, dollar bill y'all/ Dollar dollar bill y'all."



    pimpdaddysupreme said...

    You forgot Bitties in the BK lounge by De La Soul, AZ's Doin That, and the new song Maino - Hi Hater, which all use the Jimmy Spicer Beat.

    Taurin said...

    Also, there was a Mary J. Blige remix with Keith Murray back in like '93 that used this sample as well. It was a white label of "Be Happy".