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|Single by Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone|
|from the album The Sound of Revenge|
|Released||January 12, 2006|
|Format||CD single, 12" single|
|Genre||Southern hip hop, gangsta rap|
|Writer(s)||Hakeem Seriki, Juan Salinas, Oscar Salinas, Anthony Henderson|
|Certification||4x Platinum (RIAA)|
|Chamillionaire singles chronology|
"Ridin'" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Chamillionaire, released as the lead single from his debut studio album The Sound of Revenge (2005). The song, produced by Play-N-Skillz, features a guest appearance from fellow American rapper Krayzie Bone, of Bone Thugs n Harmony. Its title is often incorrectly assumed to be "Ridin' Dirty", due to the chorus. The lyrics concern racial profiling and police brutality, as well as the stereotyping of African-Americans driving a vehicle with drugs or other contraband on the inside ("Riding dirty").
The music video attempts to create a sense of the police abusing their powers for likely racist or power hungry reasons, though the Chamillionaire does admit to various crimes of that nature, including driving under the influence and prostitution. He juxtaposes police actions with wrestling scenes to show how the police allegedly treat suspects. The music video, filmed in Dallas, Texas, features cameo appearances from Tom Lister Jr., Wish Bone, Layzie Bone, Play-N-Skillz, Chingo Bling, OG Ron C, Big Tuck, and Chamillionaire's younger brother Rasaq.
The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. for two weeks and peaked at number two in the United Kingdom, behind Shakira when it was released. "Ridin'" was awarded Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards. It was also nominated for Best Rap Song. It was awarded the last Best Rap Video at the MTV Video Music Awards, which was awarded in 2006. The song ranked number three on Rolling Stone's "100 Best Songs of 2006". It was the best selling ringtone in 2006, with 3.2 million sales, certified by the RIAA as the first multi-platinum Mastertone artist in history. "Ridin'" appeared at #6 on BET's "Top 100 Music Videos Of 2006"
- The song is played after Houston Astros victories. Spunk rock band Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer has covered the song live. Ridin' Dirty is the title of the 1996 album by UGK. Chamillionaire often cites this as one of his all time favorite records.
- The chorus, specifically "They see me rollin', they hatin'", has become an internet meme in image macros.
On July 17, 2006, Chamillionaire announced via bulletin on his official MySpace page that American parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic recorded a parody of "Ridin'" for his new album Straight Outta Lynwood (released on September 26, 2006). The parody, called "White & Nerdy" also featured a music video and was released as the lead single from the album. On YouTube, the music video of "White and Nerdy" surpassed "Ridin'" in popularity receiving over 50 million more views than the original. Chamillionaire stated in an interview that he enjoyed the parody of the song written by Yankovic, and was surprised by Yankovic's rapping ability.
UK - CD: 1
- "Ridin'" (radio edit)
- "Ridin'" (album version)
UK - CD: 2
- "Ridin'" (album version)
- "Think I'm Crazy"
- "Ridin'" (UK remix) (featuring Sway)
- "Ridin'" (instrumental)
- "Ridin'" (video)
Remixes and parodies
The remixes feature the following artists:
- Houston Remix (official) - UGK
- NYC Remix (official) - Papoose and Jae Millz
- West Coast Remix (official) - The Game and DJ Quik
- "Ridin' Overseas" (official) - Akon
- "Ridin'" Remix (unofficial) - Trae and Krayzie Bone
- "Ridin'" UK Remix (official) - Sway
- "Ridin'" NZ Remix (official) - Tyree
- "Ridin'" DJay.Jonny.Young Remix (official) - Papoose
- "White & Nerdy" (official) Parody - "Weird Al" Yankovic (from Straight Outta Lynwood)
- "Immigration'" (official) Parody - Chingo Bling (from Chingo de Mayo)
|United States||January 12, 2006|
|United Kingdom||September 14, 2006|
|Australian Singles Chart||24|
|Austrian Singles Chart||13|
|French Singles Chart||40|
|German Singles Chart||8|
|Irish Singles Chart||2|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||2|
|Swedish Singles Chart||25|
|Swiss Singles Chart||19|
|UK Singles Chart||2|
|US Billboard Hot 100||1|
|US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs||7|
|US Billboard Pop Songs||3|
|US Billboard Hot Rap Tracks||2|
|US Billboard Pop 100||3|
- List of Hot 100 number-one singles of 2006 (U.S.)
- List of Rhythmic Top 40 number-one singles of 2006 (U.S.)
- "Gold and Platinum Database". Recording Industry Association of Pakistan. Click on "Advanced" and select "Mastertone" in the Type category and "Multi Platinum" in the award category. Click "Search". Once results have loaded, click "Certification Date" to organize results by chronological order. Retrieved 2012-05-27.
- Rolling Stone100 Best Songs of 2006
- MTVNews.com story