So, a mate of mine got his hands on the first few eps of HBOs latest offering, How to Make It in America. Over the Easter break we cracked a few King Browns and let the show wash over us. Here’s the scenario: a pair of twentysomethings hustle their way through New York chasing their creative/business dreams. It’s a decent dramedy and it sort of captures that whole Beautiful Losers zeitgeist-y thing. But this post isn’t so much about the show as it is about the track of it’s opening title sequence. “I Need a Dollar” performed by Aloe Blacc is, quite simply, supercalafragalisticexpialadopeshit. The track integrates hip hop, soul and R&B – and its currently at the top of my playlist.
As his labels website tells it, Aloe Blacc is a SoCal native and began his recording career as an MC back in 1995, when he joined up with hip-hop producer Exile to form the indie rap group, Emanon. These days, Aloe Blacc has evolved into a true Renaissance man – dubbed “the indie R. Kelly” by online retailer Turntable Lab. “I Need A Dollar” is from the forthcoming album Good Things.