When dealing with songs with multiple names involved, the parts can be greater than the whole, overshadowing the fact that the final product might not live up to the billing.
That’s not the case with Money Makin’ Nique’s “Rent Money.”
To be fair, Nique’s name may not ring bells instantly so the pressure of living up to expectations goes out the window. The accompanying press release states that his driving ambition is to “creatively challenge the stereotypes of Atlanta rap.” With a little help from his friends, he shouldn’t have a problem fulfilling his quest.
All of the pieces play a role in making the song a subtle hit. From Slade Da Monsta’s melodic, winding production to the vocal stylings of Marian Mereba and India Shawn, everybody gets a chance to shine on the song but they all serve to set up the track for Nique, who comes through with solid verses. Also, that rideout towards the end? Magnificent. One of those missing elements in today’s mix where songs follow patterns structured for radio play.
The track will appear on Slade’s Hotter Than July 19th