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This article is about the Chamillionaire single. For the Mýa song, see Ridin' (Mýa song). For the UGK album, see Ridin' Dirty.
Single by Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone
from the album The Sound of Revenge
Released January 12, 2006
Format CD single, 12" single
Recorded 2005-2006
Genre Southern hip hop, gangsta rap
Length 5:02
Label Universal, Chamillitary, G-Unit
Writer(s) Hakeem Seriki, Juan Salinas, Oscar Salinas, Anthony Henderson
Producer(s) Play-N-Skillz
Certification 4x Platinum (RIAA)
Chamillionaire singles chronology
"Turn It Up"
"Get Up"
Krayzie Bone singles chronology
"Get'chu Twisted"
"Spit Your Game"
"Ridin'", from the Chamillionaires debut solo album Sound of Revenge.

"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").

Music video[edit]

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.[1] The song ranked number three on Rolling Stone's "100 Best Songs of 2006".[2] 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.[citation needed] "Ridin'" appeared at #6 on BET's "Top 100 Music Videos Of 2006"

  • The chorus, specifically "They see me rollin', they hatin'", has become an internet meme in image macros.

Later adaptation[edit]

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.[3][4] Chamillionaire stated in an interview that he enjoyed the parody of the song written by Yankovic, and was surprised by Yankovic's rapping ability.[5]

Track listing[edit]

UK - CD: 1

  1. "Ridin'" (radio edit)
  2. "Ridin'" (album version)

UK - CD: 2

  1. "Ridin'" (album version)
  2. "Think I'm Crazy"
  3. "Ridin'" (UK remix) (featuring Sway)
  4. "Ridin'" (instrumental)
  5. "Ridin'" (video)

Remixes and parodies[edit]

The remixes feature the following artists:

Release history[edit]

Country Date
United States January 12, 2006
United Kingdom September 14, 2006


Chart (2006) Peak
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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "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. 
  2. ^ Rolling Stone100 Best Songs of 2006
  3. ^ Video on YouTube
  4. ^ Video on YouTube
  5. ^ MTVNews.com story

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