|Single by Rihanna|
|from the album A Girl like Me|
|Released||August 21, 2006|
|Recorded||Battery Studios (New York City, New York), The Loft Recording Studios (Bronxville, New York), Blue Wave Studi (Saint Philip, Barbados), Hinge Studios (Chicago, Illinois)|
"We Ride" is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna from her second studio album, A Girl like Me (2006). It was written by Makeba Riddick, Mikkel S. Eriksen and Tor Erik Hermansen, with production helmed by StarGate. The song was released on August 21, 2006, as the album's third single. "We Ride" is a hip hop and soul song. Critical reception of the song was generally positive, as the majority of reviewers praised its relaxing and carefree qualities.
"We Ride" peaked inside the top forty on multiple charts, including Australia, the Flanders and Wallonia regions of Belgium and the United Kingdom. The song peaked inside top ten in Finland and New Zealand. Despite failing to chart on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, the song peaked at number one on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart and number 34 on the Pop Songs chart. The song's accompanying video was directed by Anthony Mandler, and shot in Miami and the Florida Keys. The video features Rihanna in various scenes, including a beach, nightclub and socialising with friends.
Background and release
"We Ride" was written by Makeba Riddick, Mikkel S. Eriksen and Tor Erik Hermansen, with production helmed by Eriksen and Hermansen under their stage name StarGate. Rihanna explained the reasoning behind "We Ride" being chosen as the third single from the album in an interview with Corey Moss of MTV. The singer stated that instead of asking her record label and management which song should be released after "Unfaithful", Rihanna looked on iTunes to see which was her most downloaded song after the album's lead single "SOS" and "Unfaithful" and stated that "We Ride" was the third most popular, saying "Out of all my songs available for sale on iTunes, [We Ride was] the third most downloaded, behind 'SOS' and 'Unfaithful,' ... It's having good feedback, so I'm gonna give fans what they want." "We Ride" was released as the third single from the album to US mainstream and rhythmic radio stations on August 21, 2006, and was released in certain European territories as a CD single throughout October and November 2006. In Australia, the song was released as an Extended play (EP) on October 30, 2006, which featured remixes of "We Ride" and the previous single from the album, "Unfaithful".
Composition and lyrics
As a mid-tempo ballad, "We Ride" is a hip hop and soul music song. According to the digital sheet music published by Musicnotes.com, "We Ride" is written in the key of E♭ major and is set in common time with a moderate dance groove with 80 beats per minute (BPM). Rihanna's vocal range in the song spans from the lower note of G♯3 to the higher note of C5. The song includes piano keys and guitar strings as part of its instrumental composition, and were provided by Stargate. Jazzily Bass of Contactmusic.com commented that "We Ride" incorporates a "teen music sound" into its composition, which features a melodic tap to keep the listener engaged. In an interview with Corey Moss of MTV, Rihanna explained the meaning behind the song's lyrics, saying:
'We Ride' is about this guy saying over and over again, 'When we ride, we ride, we're gonna be together until the day that we die' — promising all these things ... then it turns out he broke all of his promises, which is sad — but it's summer and I don't care if you wanna do that and be ugly and unfaithful, then I can just do my thing, chill with my girls and have fun. That's what summers are all about ... every summer you remember a certain relationship and there's always a song to connect to that. So 'We Ride' is just one of those songs.
"We Ride" garnered a generally positive response from music critics. David Jeffries of Allmusic praised "We Ride", writing that the song is "an easy-flowing weekend cruiser". Spence D. of IGN similarly noted that "We Ride" is a song to which someone can listen to whilst driving, writing that it is a "ubiquitous cruising track that reworks the cliché catch phrase of the new millennium: 'we ride till the day that we die.'" Bill Lamb of About.com noted that "We Ride" would appeal most to urban audiences due to its hip-hop composition. However, Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine was critical of "We Ride", writing that although the song is a "hip hop-influenced club banger", it appeared to be too mature for the singer and her "minor vocal talents".
In Australia, the song debuted and peaked at number 24 on November 19, 2006. The following week, the song remained at number 24 and spent a total of 10 weeks on the singles chart, with its last chart appearance at number 43 on January 21, 2007. In New Zealand, "We Ride" debuted at number 16 on December 11, 2006, and rose to number eight the following week. In its third week charting, the song fell to number 10, but peaked at number seven in its fourth week. After having spent 12 weeks on the chart, "We Ride" dropped out of the top-40 singles chart, however, the song re-entered the chart at number 37 on February 26, 2007, for one week.
In Europe, "We Ride" charted moderately in several territories. In The Netherlands, the song debuted at number 89 on November 25, 2006, and peaked at number 60 the following week. Over the following six weeks, the song fluctuated on the lower region on the top-100 singles chart, and spent a total of eight weeks on the chart. In the Flanders region of Belgium, the song debuted at number 46 on December 16, 2006, where it remained for a further week. In its third week charting, "We Ride" peaked at number 40. The song re-entered the singles chart at number 43 on January 20, 2007, where it remained for a further week before dropping out of the singles chart. In the Wallonia region of Belgium, the song debuted at number 34 on December 9, 2006, and rose by one chart position to number 33 the following week, where it remained in its third week. "We Ride" peaked at number 26 in its fourth week on the singles chart. In Switzerland, "We Ride" debuted and peaked at number 42 on December 17, 2006. After having spent seven weeks on the chart, "We Ride" dropped out of the top-100 singles chart, however, the song re-entered the chart at number 95 on February 11, 2007, for one week. In Finland, the song debuted at number debuted and peaked at number four in the final week of December 2006; "We Ride" spent one week on the singles chart. In Italy, the song debuted and peaked on that countries singles chart at number 16 on October 9, 2008, more than two years after the song's release as a single; "We Ride" spent one week on the singles chart. The song peaked at number 96 on the European Hot 100 Singles chart.
In the United Kingdom, "We Ride" debuted at number 17 on November 4, 2006, and fell to number 34 the following week, spending a total of two weeks inside the official UK top-40. In the United States, the song failed to make a chart appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, but managed to chart on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart and Pop Songs chart. The song peaked at number one on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart on February 3, 2007, and spent a total of 18 weeks on the chart. On the Pop Songs chart, "We Ride" debuted and peaked at number 34.
Background and release
The music video for "We Ride" was filmed in Miami and the Florida Keys in August 2006. It was directed by Anthony Mandler, the director of the previous single's video, "Unfaithful". In an interview with Corey Moss of MTV, Rihanna explained the concept behind the inspiration for the video, saying, "We just wanted to reconnect with my peers, let them know I'm still a teen, I still have friends – but to make something provocative. The '[SOS]' and 'Unfaithful' [concepts] were so out there, so we pulled it back a little bit. I'm chilling with my girls some." The singer continued to talk about the choreographic content, saying, "I'm dancing [in the video], like technical dance, which was a challenge ... It usually takes years to learn, but we got it done in a few days. And it was beautifully shot." The video was released to download via iTunes on September 18, 2006 in Ireland and September 20, 2006 in the United States.
The video begins with Rihanna walking towards her car, but stops due to her mobile phone ringing. As Rihanna answers, she converses with a male friend, presumably her boyfriend. As she tells him that she needs to do some things before meeting with him, Rihanna hangs up and the screen cuts to a black screen. As a visual of Rihanna driving along a bridge in the Florida Keys, the song begins to play. During the first verse, different scenes are intercut of Rihanna, including a close-up shot of the singer driving behind the wheel is shown, walking along the beach and dancing in a black dress against a white backdrop, as she sings about how her boyfriend has been seeing another girl without Rihanna knowing. For the first chorus, in addition to the other three scenes, one shot is shown of Rihanna dancing with a man in a nightclub. During the second verse, Rihanna is shown lying down on the beach and playing in her water, as well as dancing with a male dancer against a white backdrop, this time wearing a lace dress.
For the second chorus, a new scene of Rihanna is introduced, with Rihanna meeting with her friends, having arrived at her destination, where they eat in restaurant and walk down the street. During the bridge, as Rihanna sings about the difficulties of getting over a failed relationship, scenes of Rihanna partying and talking to her ex-boyfriend on her phone are depicted, which results in her agreeing to meet him as she sings "Just blame yourself 'cause you blew it/I won't forget how you do it, my sweet baby/This is where the game ends now/But somehow wanna believe you and me/We can figure it out", as she decides that their relationship is worth salvaging. During the final chorus, the singer is shown intimately dancing and partying with her boyfriend, whilst other scenes from the video are intercut. The video ends with a close-up shot of Rihanna against a white backdrop; when the song's audio finishes, the singer turns her head to the side and looks into the distance, as the camera pans away.
Credits and personnel
- Recorded at Battery Studios, New York City, New York; The Loft Recording Studios, Bronxville, New York; Blue Wave Studio, Saint Philip, Barbados; and Hinge Studios, Chicago, Illinois.
- Songwriting – Makeba Riddick, Mikkel Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen
- Production – StarGate
- Vocal engineering and recording – Mikkel Eriksen, Al Hemberger, James Auwarter
- Mixing – Phil Tan
- Vocal production – Evan Rogers, Carl Sturken
- Instruments – Mikkel Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen
- Vocals and background vocals – Rihanna
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||40|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)||26|
|Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)||4|
|Germany (Media Control Charts)||45|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||60|
|New Zealand (RIANZ)||8|
|Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)||14|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||42|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||17|
|US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)||7|
|US Pop Songs (Billboard)||34|
|US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard)||1|
Radio adds and release history
|United States||August 21, 2006||Contemporary hit radio||Def Jam Recordings|
|United Kingdom||October 26, 2006||CD||Mercury|
|Australia||October 30, 2006||Digital EP||Universal Music|
|Germany||November 11, 2006||CD||Def Jam Recordings|
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