Daily Archives: April 11, 2011

Great Monday Morning Music: Aloe Blacc – I Need A Dollar (and how it relates to Lauryn Hill)

I’ve heard Aloe Blacc’s “I Need A Dollar” and thought it a great song. It has a feel of some of the great songs of the 60s, which their mixture of protest and their blend of soul, funk and the blues. Now you should give it a listen, but you should also watch the video. It’s really well done, given that it is a split screen. That could be hackneyed, but the director does something interesting around half way through the song. Watch.

What’s fascinating to me is that one of my other favorite videos is Lauryn Hill’s Doo Wop (That Thing). It also uses split screen very well, and it also does a great job of revitalizing classic sounds in a current settings. See here: