Dean Van Nguyen

Dean Van Nguyen

Music Journalist & Cultural Critic

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Prince article

How Much A Dollar Cost? On Prince's "Money Don't Matter 2 Night"

The title sounds like a club jam. “Money Don’t Matter 2 Night” -- a call to leave your cash at the door and empty your wallet on the bar. But Prince rarely sang about money superficially. A better use of his time was to examine what happens when society bends its knee to the almighty dollar. Co-written by singer Rosie Gaines and released as a single 25 years ago today, this is the clearest iteration of Prince’s capitalist condemnations. With punchy narratives reminiscent of his downbeat, to-the-point delivery on the socially-engaged classic “Sign o’ the Times,” the Kid lays out tales of currency’s corrosive potential with brutal realism.