The original version of Bilal’s “The Dollar” appears on Airtight’s Revenge as a slightly scatterbrained affair. It’s littered with oddly timed percussion, low-lying guitars and keys (or is that an organ?), strings, and bluesy horns. It all makes for one of the album’s more experimental cuts. As such, I thought it was pretty interesting that Black Milk chose to remix “The Dollar.” But the Detroit producer makes it his own. He throws down a steady groove, layers in keys and horns, and keeps your head nodding right along with the beat. With a less frenetic production behind him, Bilal and his vocals become the focal point here, allowing you to listen to his tale of homelessness with ease.
Stream “The Dollar” remix at OnSMASH.