Ridin'

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"Ridin'"
RidinChamillionaireKB.jpg
Single by Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone
from the album The Sound of Revenge
ReleasedNovember 12, 2005[1]
GenreHip hop
Length5:02
4:08 (radio edit)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Play-N-Skillz
Chamillionaire singles chronology
"Turn It Up"
(2005)
"Ridin'"
(2005)
"Get Up"
(2006)
Krayzie Bone singles chronology
"Get'chu Twisted"
(2005)
"Ridin'"
(2005)
"Spit Your Game"
(2007)

"Ridin'" is a single by American rapper Chamillionaire, released 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. The lyrics in the hip hop song 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 ("ridin' dirty").

The song was released on November 12, 2005, as reported by Mastertone ringtone charts. It was followed by the album released on November 22,[2] which was also the main digital release date of "Ridin'".[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video shows cops abusing their powers, though Chamillionaire does admit to various crimes of this being promoted, including DWI and prostitution. He juxtaposes police actions with wrestling scenes to show how the police allegedly treat suspects. The music video, filmed in Houston, features 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.

Reception[edit]

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. At the 49th Annual Grammy Awards, "Ridin'" won Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group and received a nomination for Best Rap Song. It was awarded the last Best Rap Video at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2006. The song ranked number three on Rolling Stone's 100 Best Songs of 2006 and number 6 on BET's Top 100 Music Videos 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.[3]

The song is played after Houston Astros victories and has also become an Internet meme in image macros. 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.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

"Ridin'" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 88 the week of February 25, 2006.[5] Eight weeks later, it moved eight spots from number 12 to number 4 the week of April 29, 2006[6] and stayed there for two weeks.[7] It peaked at number one and stayed there for two weeks. This gave both artists their first Hot 100 number-one hit in their career. It stayed on the chart for thirty-one weeks.[8] In New Zealand, the song debuted at number 3, then moved to number 2 the next week where it peaked at and stayed for seven consecutive weeks.

Track listing[edit]

UK 12-inch

  1. "Ridin'" (album version)
  2. "Ridin'" (UK remix) (featuring Sway)
  3. "Ridin'" (instrumental)

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Germany (BVMI)[34] Gold 150,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[35] Gold 5,000*
Sweden (GLF)[36] Gold 10,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[37] Gold 400,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[38] Gold 500,000^
United States (RIAA)[1]
Mastertone
4× Platinum 4,000,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "American single certifications – Chamillionaire – Ridin'". Recording Industry Association of America.
  2. ^ The Sound of Revenge - Chamillionaire | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic
  3. ^ Caldwell, Brandon (2015-09-11). "Remember when ringtone rap ruled the world?". Houston Press. Retrieved 2016-09-20.
  4. ^ Heinzelman, Bill (2005-09-14). "Chamillionaire: Here comes the reign". All Hip-Hop. Retrieved 2016-09-20.
  5. ^ Hope, Clover (February 23, 2006). "No Budging Beyoncé From Hot 100 No. 1". Billboard. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  6. ^ Hope, Clover (April 27, 2006). "Charts: Powter Stays Hot, Bon Jovi Scores With Country". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  7. ^ Hope, Clover (May 11, 2006). "Rihanna Stays Strong On Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 12, 2014.
  8. ^ "Chamillionaire and Krayzie Bone - Ridin'". aCharts.us. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  9. ^ "Chamillionaire feat. Krayzie Bone – Ridin'". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  10. ^ "Chamillionaire feat. Krayzie Bone – Ridin'" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  11. ^ "Hits of the World: Eurocharts". Billboard. Vol. 118 no. 35. September 2, 2006. p. 85.
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  13. ^ "Chamillionaire feat. Krayzie Bone – Ridin'" (in German). GfK Entertainment charts. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  14. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Ridin'". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved January 26, 2020.
  15. ^ "Chamillionaire feat. Krayzie Bone – Ridin'". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  16. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
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  18. ^ "Chamillionaire feat. Krayzie Bone – Ridin'". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  19. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  20. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.
  21. ^ "Chamillionaire Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  22. ^ "Chamillionaire Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  23. ^ "Chamillionaire Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  24. ^ "Chamillionaire Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  25. ^ "The Sound of Revenge - Chamillionaire". AllMusic. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  26. ^ "Chamillionaire Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  27. ^ "European Hot 100 Songs". Billboard. Archived from the original on November 14, 2007. Retrieved January 9, 2022.
  28. ^ "Top 100 Single-Jahrescharts". GfK Entertainment (in German). offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
  29. ^ "Top Selling Singles of 2006". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  30. ^ "2006 UK Singles Chart" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved May 12, 2016.
  31. ^ "Hot 100 Songs – Year-End 2006". Billboard. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
  32. ^ "Year-End Charts – Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Titles – 2006". Billboard.biz. 2006. Archived from the original on October 3, 2012. Retrieved September 28, 2021.
  33. ^ "Rhythmic Songs – Year-End 2006". Billboard. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
  34. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Chamillionaire feat. Krayzie Bone; 'Ridin'')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  35. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Chamillionaire feat. Tyree – Ridin'". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  36. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2006" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-05-17. Retrieved August 22, 2021.
  37. ^ "British single certifications – Chamillionaire ft Krayzie Bone – Ridin'". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved January 7, 2022.
  38. ^ "American single certifications – Chamillionaire – Ridin'". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 23, 2020.

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