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Single by Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone
from the album The Sound of Revenge
Released January 12, 2006
Format CD single
7" single
Recorded 2005
Genre Midwest hip hop, east coast hip hop, Rap
Length 5:03 (Album Version)
4:03 (Radio Edit)
3:46 (UK Radio Edit)
Label Universal/Chamillitary
Writer(s) Chamillionaire
Producer Play-N-Skillz
Certification 4× Platinum (RIAA)
Chamillionaire singles chronology
"Turn It Up"
"Get Up"
Krayzie Bone singles chronology
"Get'chu Twisted"
"Spit Your Game"

"Ridin'" (or Ridin' Dirty) 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 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"). The music video attempts to create a sense of the police abusing their powers despite the singer admitting to various crimes including driving under the influence, juxtaposing police actions with wrestling scenes to show how the police allegedly treat suspects. The music video, filmed in Dallas, Texas, also has cameo appearances by Tom Lister Jr., Wish Bone, Layzie Bone, 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 100 in the U.S. for two weeks, and peaked at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart behind Shakira when it was released there.

The song ranked #3 on Rolling Stone's "100 Best Songs of 2006"[1]. 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.

Number 91 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. It was also awarded the last Best Rap Video at the MTV Video Music Awards, which was awarded in 2006.


Track listing

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)


The remixes feature the following artists:

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.

Release history

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


Chart (2006) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 7
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 2
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 3
Irish Singles Chart 2
New Zealand Singles Chart 2
UK Singles Chart 2
German Singles Chart 8
Austrian Singles Chart 13
Swiss Singles Chart 19
Australian Singles Chart 24
Swedish Singles Chart 25
French Singles Chart 40
Portuguese Singles Chart 41
Danish Singles Chart 1


  • This song was being played on Houston's urban radio stations as early as September 2005, a year before its national release.
  • The song is played after Houston Astros victories.
  • In the U.S. version of The Office, Michael Scott used the song as his ringtone.
  • On January 9, 2007, ABC News chief 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 Snow to ask the assembled press "Does Martha have a hip-hop ring tone?" and to exclaim "Play that funky music, white girl."[2]
  • 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. 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."[3]
  • Spunk rock band Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer has covered this song live.
  • Major League Baseball players 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 PlayStation controller" is sung, the woman is actually holding an Xbox controller.
  • 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 CSI: Miami 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 Marlo and Chris are talking with Old Face Andre in the rims shop.
  • The radio edit in the uk cuts the intro and fades out near the end of the song .
  • 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 Metro or a Big Wheel, will have "They see me rollin', they hatin'" added onto the picture.
Preceded by
"SOS" by Rihanna
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
June 3, 2006 - June 17, 2006
Succeeded by
"Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean

External links


  1. ^ Rolling Stone100 Best Songs of 2006
  2. ^ Mark Silva, Chicago Tribune - The Swamp blog, January 9, 2007. The incident is viewable on YouTube at [1]
  3. ^ story


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