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White & Nerdy (Parody of "Ridin'" by Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone)

From the Album Straight Outta Lynwood
January 15, 2009 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: January 15, 2009
  • Release Date: January 15, 2009
  • Label: Volcano
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  • Duration: 2:50 minutes
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  • ASIN: B0029TX33Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,147 Paid in Songs (See Top 100 Paid in Songs)

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White and Nerdy (Weird Al Yankovic) / B0029TX33Q

This is probably my favorite Weird Al song - the lyrics are absolutely hilarious, and work crazy well with the existing tune. This song is a perfect example of how talented a singer and comedian he is, and really showcase his range.

Like all Amazon MP3s, this download is DRM-free and plays beautifully on my MP3 player.

~ Ana Mardoll

Lyrics:

They see me mowin'
my front lawn
I know they're all thinking
I'm so white and nerdy.

Think I'm just too white and nerdy.
Think I'm just too white and nerdy.
Can't you see I'm white and nerdy.
Look at me I'm white and nerdy!

I wanna roll with
the gangsters
but so far they all think
I'm too white and nerdy.

Think I'm just too white and nerdy.
Think I'm just too white and nerdy.
I'm just too white and nerdy.
Really, really white and nerdy.

First in my class here at M.I.T.
Got skills, I'm a Champion of D&D.
MC Escher - that's my favorite MC.
Keep your 40, I'll just have an Earl Grey tea.

My rims never spin to the contrary,
you'll find they're quite stationary.
All of my action figures are cherry.
Steven Hawkings in my library.

My MySpace page is all totally pimped out,
I got people begging for my top 8 spaces.
Yo, I know pi to a thousand places.
Ain't got no grills but I still wear braces.

I order all of my sandwiches with mayonnaise.
I'm a whiz at minesweeper I can play for days.
Once you see my sweet moves you're gonna stay amazed,
my fingers movin' so fast I'll set the place ablaze.

There's no killer app I haven't run.
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I have heard several of "Weird Al" parodys of popular songs. Michael Jackson's Bad (Fat), Addicted to Love (Addicted to Spuds), and now Chamillionaire and Krayze Bone's Ridin (White & Nerdy).

Obviously it's supposed to be funny, and it is. This isn't an easy song to follow, but he did and did it hilariously with all the "nerdy" faire included. I am not a fan of rap music, but Al makes it funny and friendly. Granted, it did get VERY annoying after listenening to it 20 times (my step son loves it, I got it for him).
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Fun fact -- this son almost never got written. "Weird" Al Yankovic's Straight Outta Lynwood album was originally supposed to feature a different song as its starting track, a parody of James Blunt's "You're Beautiful" simply titled "You're Pitiful." But when Atlantic Records threatened to sue Yankovic if he included said song on his album, he had to write this song at the last minute. Which is probably why, in the music video for this song, you can see a nerdy version of Yankovic vandalizing Atlantic Records' Wikipedia page with a massive "YOU SUCK" banner. ("You're Pitiful" can still be found on YouTube if one is interested in seeing what could have been...)

In my opinion, while having to scrap a planned song and write another at the last minute couldn't have been fun, the album turned out all the better for it. "White and Nerdy" is one of Yankovic's most memorable parodies in years, and it's become an anthem for geeks and nerds around the world.

Not being a big rap fan, I haven't listened to more than snippets of the original song ("Ridin'" by Chamillionaire), but I have to say that Weird Al does a fantastic job on this song. His rapping is fast-paced and intense without being rendered unintelligible by speed, and his word choices are clever, incorporating some mildly gangster-style slang along with a slew of geeky references, and still manages to rhyme throughout. That takes some impressive skills.

And being a nerd myself, I found myself nodding along to many of the nerdy references in the song, and enjoying it immensely.
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Weird Al Yankovic is famous (some would say, infamous) for his amazingly spot on and incredibly hilarious parodies of popular songs. Learning from another famous satirist, Dr. Demento, Weird Al honed his craft with such notable parodies as "Fat" (Michael Jackson's "Bad"), "Amish Paradise" (Coolio's "Gangta's Paradise") and "Saga Begins" (the Star Wars: Episode I spoof of Don McLean's "American Pie").

However, none of this could prepare his fans for the astounding quality and success of his 2006 song, "White and Nerdy", which is a `re-imagining' of Chamillionaire's chart-topping hit "Ridin'". Calling out every single nerd stereotype in the book (including having Seth Green and Donnie Osmond in the music video), Weird Al strikes fear in the heart of every gangsta, preppie, and cool kid, who would not want to be caught anywhere near him.

This hilarious song, whose video includes a scene of Al buying a black-market copy of the "Star Wars Holiday Special" in a back alley (nerds understand), was well-liked by Chamillionaire, who included it on his own official web site. Also, in what might be a first, "White and Nerdy" became a Top 10 song spoofing a Top 10 song (it reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100). 7 years later, it is still as much fun to watch as the first time.
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