It experienced moderate success on the charts, until it became a massive hit when Dre won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance for the song during the Grammy Awards of 1994. Snoop Doggy Dogg is involved for a “Rollin’ in my 6-4” pre-chorus and in some background vocals. The vocals are sung by Ruben and Jewell, and the lyrics were ghostwritten by RBX, who explains in the book How to Rap how Dr. Dre came to use the lyrics, which RBX had originally written for a different track.
The song’s chorus involves both a sample and an interpolation of the chorus of the 1976 Parliament song “Mothership Connection (Star Child)”, which itself quotes the Negro spiritual “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”. “Let Me Ride” also samples James Brown’s “Funky Drummer” and Bill Withers’s 1972 hit “Kissing My Love”.
The music video was shot on location at Slauson Avenue in Los Angeles and was directed by Dr. Dre. It is the second lowrider cult video of Dre’s cinematographer “walk of life” that was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Best Rap Video in the same year. The video begins with Dre, in his home watching the $20 Dollar Sack Pyramid (a track skit from the album shown as a game show in the video), taking a phone call and being invited to a Parliament concert. He then heads out in his lowrider and the song begins. Many helicopter-view cam shots of the super-highways of Compton follow, some cuts of Snoop, a car-jacking scene, and various footage of Dre picking up girls, all of which leads to a street party outside the concert venue. Ice Cube makes a cameo appearance, walking out from a women’s bathroom saying “Damn right, it was a good day”, referring to his 1992 solo single, and also officially squashing the beef between Dre and Ice Cube which had existed since Ice Cube left N.W.A.
The final shots of the video feature footage from Parliament-Funkadelic’s 1976 earth tour, including the Starchild flying on wires with the bop gun, the band singing “Mothership Connection”, which “Let Me Ride” samples, and concludes with George Clinton departing into the Mothership with a plume of smoke, upon which Dre’s face is superimposed.