I've got money like Charles Dickens

from Beastie Boys – Shadrach Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Charles Dickens, the author of such books as Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol, amassed quite a fortune during his lifetime. Many of his stories were published by newspapers in serial format, and legend has it, Dickens was paid by the word, though this is not exactly true.

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