Ride wit Me

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"Ride Wit Me"
Single by Nelly featuring City Spud
from the album Country Grammar
Released April 3, 2001
Format CD
Recorded 2000
Genre Hip hop, R&B
Length 4:51 (album version)
4:13 (radio edit)
Label Universal Records
Writer(s) Nelly, El DeBarge, William DeBarge, Jason "Jay E" Epperson Steven Bojovich, Eugene Webb Joe Islardo
Producer(s) Jason "Jay E" Epperson
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Nelly singles chronology
"E.I."
(2000)
"Ride wit Me"
(2001)
"Batter Up"
(2001)

"Ride wit Me" is a song by American rapper Nelly. It was released in April 2001 as the third single from the album Country Grammar. It features City Spud. The song peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, and peaked within the top ten in Australia, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom.

Background[edit]

The song features a sound similar to Get Down on It by the band Kool and the Gang. It was featured in the parody film Scary Movie 2 during the credits, and was subsequently featured very briefly in the films Soul Plane, Are We There Yet? and Bride and Prejudice, and prominently in the movie Osmosis Jones.

Remix[edit]

The official remix was also produced by Jason "Jay E" Epperson and then placed in Nelly's remix album, "Da Derrty Versions: The Reinvention". It also features City Spud's verse from the original & John Mayer on the guitar. It samples Mayer's single, "No Such Thing".

Covers[edit]

A 12-man a cappella group from Chicago called Gentleman's Rule covered Ride wit Me in their 2012 YouTube music video' entitled Pachanelly Canon.

Music video[edit]

The music video won Best Rap Video at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2001. Due to his jail sentence, City Spud did not appear in the video. The video also received a nomination for Viewer's Choice. A Philadelphia 76ers version of the song was released during the 2001 NBA Finals. The video is mainly based on the 1977 film Smokey and the Bandit, although references to the 1980s TV show The Dukes of Hazzard and the film Cool Hand Luke are also present in the video.

Track listing[edit]

US Promo [1]

  • 1 Ride Wit Me [Clean Edit w/ FX Short] 4:15
  • 2 Ride Wit Me [Clean Edit w/ Mutes Short] 4:15
  • 3 Ride Wit Me [Full Length Clean] 4:51
  • 4 Ride Wit Me [Full Length Dirty] 4:51
  • 5 Ride Wit Me [Instrumental] 4:51
  • 6 Ride Wit Me [Call Out Hook] 0:12

UK Vinyl, 12"

  • A Ride Wit Me [Album Version)
  • B1 Ride Wit Me [Stargate Mix)
  • B2 Ride Wit Me [Clean Edit W/FX)

UK Vinyl, 12", Promo

  • A Ride Wit Me [Album Version]
  • B1 Ride Wit Me [Instrumental]
  • B2 Ride Wit Me [Clean Edit W/FX]

Europe Single

  • 1 Ride Wit Me [Clean Edit w/ FX short] 4:15
  • 2 Ride Wit Me [Stargate Remix] 4:35

Chart performance[edit]

In the United States, the single became Nelly's highest charting single at the time. It peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100.

In the United Kingdom, it peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart, also becoming Nelly's highest charting single in Britain at the time.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[2] 4
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 60
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[2] 27
France (SNEP)[2] 43
Germany (Media Control Charts) 25
Ireland (IRMA) 4
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[2] 5
New Zealand (RIANZ)[2] 20
Norway (VG-lista)[2] 7
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[2] 14
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[2] 22
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company) 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[3] 3
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 34

In popular culture[edit]

It was featured in Scrubs (episode "My Fruit Cups"), Friends ("The One With Chandler's Dad"), King of the Hill ("Kidney Boy and Hamster Girl: A Love Story"), and The Cleveland Show ("Cleveland's Angels"). In a scene from the Glee episode "Throwdown", New Directions can be seen having a jam session, and they sing the first chorus and first verse of this song. Accompanying the jam are Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith) on drums, and Noah "Puck" Puckerman (Mark Salling) on guitar. The version seen on Glee was not recorded in the studio like most of the songs featured on Glee, but was sung during filming by the actors.

A new version has been used in a Honey Nut Cheerios commercial sung as "Must Be the Honey", which features Nelly talking to its mascot, Buzz.

Nelly joined Florida Georgia Line to perform "Ride wit Me" and "Cruise" at the 2013 American Music Awards.

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