“Money Maker” is the first single from Ludacris’s fifth album Release Therapy. The song was released to the radio on July 17, 2006. The song is Ludacris’ take on the 1961 Elmore James blues song Shake Your Moneymaker. It was produced by The Neptunes and features Pharrell. The song was written by Chris Bridges (Ludacris), and Pharrell Williams. The video was released on August 17, 2006. The video premiered on MTV’s Making the Video. The single reached number 1 on various charts. It has peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and number 1 on Hot Rap Tracks in the United States. It also became the number 1 single on radio in the United States on October 19, 2006[specify]. The music video managed to enter BET’s 106 & Park and peak at number 1, where it remained for several days. The single has strong airplay on BET and MTV. It also has airplay on Canada’s Muchmusic. The single had a major promotional campaign and huge airplay on radio around the U.S., Canada and other countries around the globe. The song was performed on the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. This is Ludacris’s third #1 hit single.
American R&B singer, Amerie, recorded an answer back (remix) to the single. The song was included on her first Mixtape, Because I Love It Volume 1 (the mixtape that was released to accompany her third studio Because I Love It). The song however did not appear on the final album. “Because I Love It” was released to international markets only.
The song won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Song in 2007. It shot to prominence again after its use in the 2015 film The Big Short.