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"Ride wit Me"
Nelly featuring City Spud - Ride wit Me CD cover.jpg
Single by Nelly featuring City Spud
from the album Country Grammar
Released January 30, 2001
Format CD single
Recorded 2000
Genre Hip hop
Length
  • 4:51 (album version)
  • 4:13 (radio edit)
Label Universal
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Jason "Jay E" Epperson
Nelly singles chronology
"E.I."
(2000)
"Ride wit Me"
(2001)
"Batter Up"
(2001)
"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 his debut studio album Country Grammar (2000). The song features City Spud.

"Ride wit Me" peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. Outside the United States, "Ride wit Me" peaked within the top ten of the charts in Australia, Netherlands, Norway, the Republic of Ireland, and the United Kingdom. The radio version of the song was featured on the 2001 compilation album Now That's What I Call Music! 7.

Background[edit]

"Ride wit Me" features a sound similar to "Get Down on It" by Kool and the Gang; indeed, it is in the same key (E minor) and uses almost identical chord progressions in the refrain alone. The song samples lines from the song "I Like It" by DeBarge, specifically those which read: "I like the way you brush your hair, and I like those stylish clothes you wear".

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 and John Mayer on the guitar. It samples Mayer's single, "No Such Thing".

Chart performance[edit]

In the United States, "Ride wit Me" became Nelly's highest charting single at the time, peaking on #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In the United Kingdom, "Ride wit Me" debuted and peaked on #3 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Nelly's highest charting song in Britain at the time.

Music video[edit]

The music video won Best Rap Video at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2001. Due to the jail sentence he was then serving, 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 with FX Short) – 4:15
  • 2. "Ride wit Me" (Clean Edit with 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

In popular culture[edit]

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.

It was also 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"), Atlanta ("The Jacket"). 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.[2]

It was also featured in Ted 2, where Ted changed its lyrics. It is also mentioned in the novel Twelve by Nick McDonell.[3]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001–02) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[4] 4
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 60
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 27
Brazil (ABPD)[5] 23
France (SNEP)[4] 43
Germany (Media Control Charts) 25
Ireland (IRMA) 4
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[4] 5
New Zealand (RIANZ)[4] 20
Norway (VG-lista)[4] 7
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[4] 14
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[4] 22
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 3
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[7] 34

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Nelly-Ride-Wit-Me/master/130095
  2. ^ "Florida Georgia Line, Nelly Perform at American Music Awards". The Boot. 
  3. ^ McDonell, Nick. Twelve, 2002.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i International peaks
  5. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Nelly: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company.
  7. ^ a b Billboard AllMusic. (Retrieved July 17, 2008)

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