Let's Ride (Game song)

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"Let's Ride"
Let's Ride.jpg
Single by The Game
from the album Doctor's Advocate
Released September 25, 2006 (US)
January 8, 2007 (UK)
Format 12-inch single, CD single
Genre West Coast hip hop, G-Funk, Gangsta rap
Length 3:57
Label Geffen
Songwriter(s) Storch, S., Jayceon Taylor
Producer(s) Scott Storch
The Game singles chronology
"It's Okay (One Blood)"
(2006)
"Let's Ride"
(2006)
"Wouldn't Get Far"
(2007)
"It's Okay (One Blood)"
(2006)
"Let's Ride"
(2006)
"Wouldn't Get Far"
(2007)

"Let's Ride" is a song performed by rapper The Game for his second album, Doctor's Advocate. The song was written by The Game and Scott Storch and was released as the album's second single on September 25, 2006.[1] The Game mentioned on radio station KDAY in Los Angeles, California that the track was recorded in Miami, Florida, but had the feel of a West Coast Dr. Dre record. The song peaked at number 46 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song heavily references the 1993 single "Let Me Ride" by rapper Dr. Dre.

Reception[edit]

"Let's Ride" received mediocre reviews from music critics. MusicOMH wrote that the track "lacks in any of the vigour and enthusiasm that came with his debut major release album".[2] Pitchfork Media gave the song a negative review saying, "What an embarrassment this song turned out to be, lumberingly obvious and poorly crafted from the first awkward gang reference to the last Dre namedrop."[3] About.com's Henry Adaso called the track "just another boring mantra devoid of substance" with The Game delivering "a lethargic sprawl, replete with 50 Cent-esque crooning and tautological Dre odes ("Ain't nuthin' but a G thang, baby, it's a G thang")."[4] Entertainment Weekly, in a review of Doctor's Advocate, wrote that the song "recycle[s] Dre's signature high-pitched synths and plinking pianos" and is "marred by stale rhymes chronicling cartoonish gangbanging."[5] Chocolate magazine said the track "lacks charisma and substance, and is filled with 50 Cent-style tuneless crooning, endless name checks for Aftermath, Eminem and Dr. Dre and empty lyrics".[6] There is also an unofficial remix for this song featuring Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg and Xzibit.

Music video[edit]

The music video premiered on Black Entertainment Television's 106 & Park on October 23, 2006 as a "new joint". On November 14, 2006, the video debuted on MTV's Total Request Live at #10 and stayed on the chart for well over 16 days.[7] The Game is seen riding in a 1964 Chevrolet Impala with hydraulics and contains a cameo appearance by fellow West Coast rapper Snoop Dogg. The video was also the subject of an MTV Making the Video episode like his previous single, "Dreams".

Track listing[edit]

Side A

  1. "Let's Ride (clean)" – 3:53
  2. "Let's Ride (dirty)" – 3:53
  3. "Let's Ride (instrumental)" – 3:53
  4. "Let's Ride (acappella)" – 3:53

Side B

  1. "Let's Ride (clean)" – 3:53
  2. "Let's Ride (dirty)" – 3:53
  3. "Let's Ride (instrumental)" – 3:53
  4. "Let's Ride (a cappella)" – 3:53

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006–07) Peak
position
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[8] 12
Germany (Media Control AG)[9] 74
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 36
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 17
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 79
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 42
US Billboard Hot 100[14] 46
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[15] 55
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[16] 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yash (September 21, 2006). The beat was produced by Storch and cost $2 million. The Game "Let's Ride" (Strip Club) Audio. Accessed June 2, 2007.
  2. ^ Ahmad, Azeem (November 27, 2006). The Game - Let's Ride (Geffen) Archived June 4, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.. MusicOMH. Accessed June 1, 2007.
  3. ^ Macia, Peter (September 27, 2006). The Game “Let's Ride (Strip Club)” 2006 Archived April 6, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.. Pitchfork Media. Accessed June 1, 2007.
  4. ^ Adaso, Henry (2006). The Game - Let's Ride (Strip Club) (Black Wall Street / Geffen). About.com. Accessed June 1, 2007.
  5. ^ Dombal, Ryan (November 10, 2006). Doctor's Advocate (2006). EW. Accessed July 1, 2007.
  6. ^ The Game: Let's Ride (Strip Club) Archived October 26, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.. Chocolate magazine. Accessed June 1, 2007.
  7. ^ TRL Archive Debuts Archived January 2, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.. Popfusion. Accessed June 22, 2007.
  8. ^ "The Game: Let's Ride" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 2011-04-12.
  9. ^ "The Game, Let's Ride". charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2011-08-28. 
  10. ^ "Chart Track: Week 2, 2007". Irish Singles Chart.
  11. ^ "Charts.org.nz – The Game – Let's Ride". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 2011-04-12.
  12. ^ "Swisscharts.com – The Game – Let's Ride". Swiss Singles Chart.
  13. ^ "Archive Chart: 2006" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved April 12, 2011.
  14. ^ "The Game – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for The Game. Retrieved 2011-04-12.
  15. ^ "The Game – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for The Game.
  16. ^ "The Game – Chart history" Billboard Hot Rap Songs for The Game.

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