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"We Ride"
Single by Rihanna
from the album A Girl like Me
Released September 13, 2006 (U.S.)
October 23, 2006 (UK)
Format Digital download, CD single, 12" maxi single
Recorded 2006
Battery Studios,
Las Vegas, Nevada
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 3:56
Label Def Jam/SRP
Writer(s) M. Riddick, T. Hermansen, M. Eriksen
Producer Stargate
Rihanna singles chronology
"Unfaithful"
(2006)
"We Ride"
(2006)
"Break It Off"
(2006)

"We Ride" is a pop/R&B song written by Tor Erik Hermansen, Mikkel S. Eriksen, and Makeba Riddick for R&B singer Rihanna's second studio album A Girl like Me (2006). The song was confirmed as the album's third single by MTV[1] and released in mid-2006 in the United States, where it failed to enter the Billboard Hot 100, and is her only single to date to fail to reach the top forty of the chart. Elsewhere, it reached the New Zealand Singles Chart top ten and UK Singles Chart top twenty. Because of its relative underperformance, the 2006 single "Break It Off" featuring Sean Paul began receiving airplay earlier than expected.

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Song information

"We Ride" is a pop song with R&B influences which is about a woman's past painful relationship. She sings about how he's been promising that they will be together forever but she continues to describe moments which he did things that could tear them apart. Rihanna sings "when we ride, we ride, its 'til the day that we die". In the second verse she flashes back on the time they had together. The song is written and produced by Stargate, the team that produced and co-wrote Ne-Yo's "So Sick" and "Sexy Love", Mis-Teeq's "Scandalous" as well as Rihanna's previous single "Unfaithful". This song made #90 on BET's Top 100 Video Countdown of 2006.

The song samples "When We Ride" by Bizzy Bone and Mr. Criminal from his February 2006 album Thugs Revenge, although Def Jam did not have the rights to sample the songs. Bizzy Bone stated 'Me and her are cool and she can use my tracks whenever she wants'.[2]

Chart performance

"We Ride" first debuted onto the US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, and eventually peaked at number six on that chart, which is equivalent to number 106 in the Hot 100 chart. "We Ride" never made it onto the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Rihanna's lowest charting single and is to date her lowest charting single worldwide also. "We Ride" was somewhat stronger in the UK where it became Rihanna's fifth consecutive top 20 hit peaking at seventeen. "We Ride" reached number twenty-four in Australia, her first song not to reach the top ten, and forty-five in Germany. In the Philippines, it peaked at number one for four weeks, becoming her third number one single in that country, performing better than her previous number one hit "SOS" which stayed at the top spot for two weeks. The song showed a solid showing in countries like Finland, Switzerland, Poland and New Zealand where it peaked at number four, forty-two, twenty-four and seven respectively.

Music video

The music video was shot in Miami as well as Florida Keys and was directed by Anthony Mandler. The video features Rihanna "chilling with her girls." On September 18, 2006, the video premiered on MuchMusic in Canada. The video premiered on Total Request Live on September 20, 2006. The video debuted on Total Request Live at #9 on September 25, 2006. It also has topped the BET's 106 & Park countdown.

Remixes

Stargate produced the main remix commissioned for the single. They also produced the original album version. Lenny Bertoldo and Kurtis Mantronik remixed the song for dance clubs.

  1. "We Ride" (Radio) / (Album Version) – 3:56
  2. "We Ride" (No Hi Hat) – 3:56
  3. "We Ride" (Instrumental) – 3:54
  4. "We Ride" (Stargate Remix) – 3:58
  5. "We Ride" (Mantronix Dub)
  6. "We Ride" (Mantronix Club Mix) – 6:25
  7. "We Ride" (Mantronix Radio Edit) – 4:12
  8. "We Ride" (Lenny B Club Mix) – 8:24
  9. "We Ride" (Lenny B Radio Edit) – 3:52
  10. "We Ride" (Lenny B Dub) – 7:11
  11. "We Ride" (Runaway Statue Remix) – 2:45 (featuring Layzie Bone and Flesh-n-Bone)
  12. "We Ride" (Fan-made by upcoming Artist/Producer "L-DeVon") – 4:53 (featuring 2Pac)

Charts

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 24
Belgian Singles Chart 40
Dutch Singles Chart[3] 60
Finnish Singles Chart 4
German Singles Chart 45
Irish Singles Chart 17
Italian FIMI Singles Chart[4] 16
New Zealand Singles Chart 7
Romanian Singles Chart 22
Swiss Singles Chart 42
UK Singles Chart 17
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 6
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 84
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 1
Preceded by
"Party People" by Altar featuring Jeanie Tracy
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
February 3, 2007
Succeeded by
"Illegal" by Shakira featuring Carlos Santana

References

  1. ^ Confirmed as third single
  2. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87pQYzo0uKQ
  3. ^ dutchcharts.nl - Rihanna - We Ride
  4. ^ Italy FIMI Singles Chart
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