Name = Ridin'
Chamillionairefeaturing Krayzie Bone
from Album =
The Sound of Revenge
January 2006 USA September 2006 U.K
Recorded = 2005
Southern hip hop Midwest hip hop
Length = 4:08 (radio)
Label = Universal/Chamillitary
Writer = Hakeem Seriki
Certification = 15x Multi-Platinum
Last single = "Turn It Up"
This single = "Ridin'"
Next single = "Get Up"
Misc = Extra chronology 2
Type = singles
Last single = "
This single = "Ridin'"
Next single = "
Spit Your Game"
2007)"Ridin'" is the second single from Chamillionaire's album, " The Sound of Revenge", and features a guest rap by Krayzie Bone. Its title is often incorrectly assumed to be "Ridin' Dirty" due to the chorus. The lyrics concern racial profilingand police brutality, as well as the stereotypingof African Americans driving a vehicle with drugsor other contrabandon the inside ("riding dirty"). The music video attempts to create a sense of the police abusing their powers despite the singer admitting to various lesser crimes including driving under the influence, juxtaposing police actions with wrestling scenes to show how the police allegedly treat suspects. The video also has cameo appearances by Tom Lister Jr., Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Play-n-Skillz, Chingo Bling, OG Ron C, Big Tuck, and Chamillionaire's younger brother Rasaq.
"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 became number one in December on the Piczo Chart 3 months after its physical release. The song also topped the Billboard Hot 100and peaked at number 2 on the UK Singles Chartwhen it was released there.
The song ranked #3 on "
Rolling Stone's" "100 Best Songs of 2006" [ Rolling Stone[http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/12769472/the_100_best_songs_of_2006 100 Best Songs 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.
UK - CD: 1
# "Ridin'" (radio edit)
# "Ridin'" (album version)
UK - CD: 2
# "Ridin'" (album version)
# "Ridin'" (UK remix) (featuring Sway)
# "Ridin'" (instrumental)
# "Ridin'" (video)
The remixes feature the following artists:
* Houston Remix (official) -
* New York Remix (official) - Papoose and
* West Coast Remix (official) - The Game and
* "Ridin' Overseas" (official) -
* "Ridin'" Remix (unofficial) -
Traeand Krayzie Bone
* "Ridin'" UK Remix (official) - Sway
* "Ridin'" NZ Remix (official) -
White & Nerdy" (official) Parody ─ "Weird Al" Yankovic(from " Straight Outta Lynwood")
* "Immigration'" (official) Parody
Chingo Bling(from "Chingo de Mayo")Chamillionaire's " Mixtape Messiah 2" features a "sequel" to "Ridin'", titled "Ridin' Overseas". The track was produced by Akon, who also sings the hook of the song.
*In September of 2008, VH1 awarded it 91st place in the "100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs".
*This song was being played on Houston's
urban radiostations as early as September 2005, a year before its national release.
*The song is played after
*On January 9, 2007,
ABC Newschief White House correspondent Martha Raddatz's phone rang during a White House press briefing, with "Ridin"' as its ringtone, leading White House Press Secretary Tony Snowto ask the assembled press "Does Martha have a hip-hop ring tone?" and to exclaim "Play that funky music, white girl." [ [http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/news_theswamp/2007/01/play_that_funky.html Mark Silva, Chicago Tribune - The Swamp blog, January 9, 2007] . The incident is viewable on YouTube at [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05glGerlEMc] ]
July 17, 2006, Chamillionaire announced via bulletin on his official MySpacepage that American parodist "Weird Al" Yankovicrecorded 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. Chamillionaire stated in an interview that he enjoyed the parody of the song written by Yankovic, and was pleasantly surprised by Yankovic's rapping ability, stating that "He's actually rapping pretty good on it, it's crazy ... I didn't know he could rap like that." [ [http://www.mtv.com/bands/m/mixtape_monday/091106/ MTVNews.com story] ]
Spunk rockband Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyerhas covered this song live.
Major League Baseballplayers Ryan Zimmerman, Brandon Inge, Xavier Nady, Juan Encarnación, Joe Mauer, Mike Cameron, Orlando Cabrera, Andruw Jones, and Ken Griffey, Jr.walk to the plate with this song playing in the stadium.
*In the music video, when the lyric "Next to the
PlayStationcontroller" is sung, the woman is actually holding an Xboxcontroller.
*In the second episode of "
Rob & Big" the song was playing while Big was being pulled over for tint in the front window, and Rob started jumping around singing the song.
* "Ridin" appeared in an episode of "" while
High Octane, as a suspect, was driving around.
*"Ridin'" appeared at #6 on BET's "Top 100 Music Videos Of 2006"
Ridin' Dirty" is the title of the 1996 album by UGK. Chamillionaire often cites this as one of his all time favorite records.
*In the movie "Little Man", "Ridin'" can be heard in Percy's car when he's coming to pick up Calvin.
*"Ridin'" was also played during an episode of "
The Sopranos" when Tony's son AJ was waking up.
*"Ridin'" was also played during the fourth episode of the fourth season of "
The Wire" when Marlow and Monk are talking in the rims shop.
*The music video for "Ridin'" was filmed in
*The lyrics have evolved into something of an internet meme, where a usually humorous picture of someone in their vehicle, often times a very "clean" vessel such as a
Geo Metroor a Big Wheel, will have "They see me rollin', they hatin'" added onto the picture.
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