Album: The Sound of Revenge
Label: Chamillitary, Universal
YOU KNOW THIS SONG. It is, commercially anyway, the most successful Houston rap song in history. You know it. You know it.
Commercially, “Ridin’” was the tip of the 2005 Houston rap spire. It snagged a Grammy, sold millions of millions of ringtones (OH SHIT REMEMBER BUYING RINGTONES???), and, perhaps most importantly, served as the inspiration for Weird Al Yankovic’s “White and Nerdy,” perhaps the crowning musical achievement of the last decade.
Sidebar: Krayzie Bone’s verse here is unbelievably unforgettable here. He is swallowed up by Chamillionaire’s hypnot-hook and the nearly symphonic production (built from the ground up by Play-N-Skillz).
Sidebar 2: MTV stopped awarding a Best Rap Video at their music awards in 2006. The video for “Ridin’” is what won it that year.
Sidebar 3: If you go to YouTube and type in "Ridin' Dirty parody" and then watch more than two minutes worth of videos you'll want to kill yourself SUPER fast. Here's the very worst.