Diamond, "Lotta Money"

3.5

Brittany Nicole Carpenter, aka Diamond, first appeared on the rap scene with Crime Mob on Lil Jon's Crunk Records label before striking out on her own in 2007. On her latest single, the rapper puts her own spin on the familiar warning that girls "ain't messing with you unless you got a lot of money." Diamond explains that a gold digger will always be "fresh to death," but that she's always prepared to cut ties if someone comes along with a fatter wallet. Diamond makes it clear that such behavior shouldn't be condoned, and she flashes impressive mic skills atop producer Recka's videogame-esque beat. Instead of promoting the shallow lifestyle that she discusses, Diamond simply recounts the tired tale with a fresh approach.