Aloe Blacc

“I Need a Dollar” is one of the preeminent tracks of the past decade. In the wake of (during, depending on your perspective) a recession, the soulful song of sorrow acted as a relatable four minute escape from daily life in the form of a smooth voice and horns.

But what “I Need a Dollar” really reminds me of is How To Make It In America. There’s just something about Blacc’s velvety voice and sultry horns that take the opening of that show to a different level. It’s not just about the fact that the guys need dollars (and a re-up, heyo! No, seriously HBO, what were you thinking cancelling it?), it’s about the fact that it’s capable of putting the hustle in context. Go out, do some shit you probably hate just so you can pay for the stuff you love doing. Who can’t relate to that?

In the end, Blacc is everything from Mos Def, to Michael Jackson, to Louis Armstrong and everything in between. He’s got everything it takes to make it in America, which should make sense given the fact you’re reading this at all. Don’t knock the hustle. Sometimes it pays off.