By Simon Vozick-Levinson
Updated April 05, 2010 at 02:54 PM EDT

How great is “I Need a Dollar,” Aloe Blacc’s theme song for How to Make It in America? I gave up on the HBO denim-trafficking dramedy a while back, but the excellent Aloe Blacc retro-soul tune that runs over the opening credits has stayed in steady rotation chez moi.

Now “I Need a Dollar” has a music video (h/t Nah Right for the clip). It’s nothing too fancy, but then again, you don’t need much to make this song pop. Aloe Blacc sings on one portion of the screen, while on the other we see an anonymous hustler doing some of the things that people who need dollars do. The clip concludes with an unresolved chase sequence involving said hustler. Before that, though, around the 2:35 mark, Aloe switches into another song — this one’s a simmering psychedelic number that reminds me of the Temptations’ classic “Ball of Confusion.” (A very good thing!)

Speaking of Good Things, Aloe Blacc’s album of that name is expected this summer. If the rest of Good Things is at the same level of quality as “I Need a Dollar” and that bonus joint from the video, the album title might prove to be an understatement. Watch Aloe Blacc’s “I Need a Dollar” video after the jump and let us know if you’re looking forward to Good Things, too.

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