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Best White and Nerdy Weird Al Costume Guide
White & Nerdy is a song by “Weird Al” Yankovic from his album, Straight Outta Lynwood. It’s a parody of the song Ridin produced by Chamillionaire and Krayzie Bone. The song is both a celebration and satire of the nerd culture. The song talks about not being able to “roll with the gangstas” because he’s “too white and nerdy,” as the lyric goes. Yankovic is portraying a stereotypical nerd wearing horn-rimmed glasses, a buttoned-up polo shirt, and a pair of dress slacks. He attempts to fit in with the “gangsters” but fails and ends up scaring them off. They ultimately drove him away towards a group of other nerds.
Dress up like a gangsta wannabe with this White & Nerdy costume guide. Get the look with a White and Nerdy Sweater, Blue Jeans, White T-Shirt, and Black Shoes. Complete the look with some dope accessories—Red Durag, Gold Chain, and Fake Braces.
White and Nerdy Weird Al Cosplay Costumes
The music video of White & Nerdy features scenes that are direct parodies of the original “Ridin” music video. There’s one in which Yankovic is dancing in front of road flares arranged to look like Pac-Man. This was taken from the scene in which Chamillionaire stands in front of his personal logo, a lizard. Another scene shows Yankovic and Donny Osmond dancing in front of the Schrödinger equation, which came from a similar shot featuring Chamillionaire and Krazie Bone. The end of the video shows Yankovic doing a wrong version of the Vulcan salute, as opposed to Chamillionaire throwing up “The H,” a hand sign which represents Houston, his hometown.
You can make this cosplay even more awesome by tagging along with a friend who can dress up like Donny Osmond. Or better yet, you can bring a couple of your buddies along dressed up as gangstas. Now if you have a friend who can pull off cosplaying Chamillionaire…that would be dope!
About White and Nerdy Weird Al
Weird Al’s music video, White and Nerdy, unloads cameos and tons of references from the song Ridin. Comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele show up in the first part of the video as a pair of gangsters. Actor Seth Green makes a cameo as the guy who presents Yankovic’s action figures. In the latter part of the video, Yankovic receives a bootleg copy of the Star Wars Holiday Special, which was never officially released on video and aired only once 1978.
The parody was well-received by Chamillionaire, who actually put the video on his official MySpace page. He commented on Yankovic’s rapping and said, “He’s actually rapping pretty good on it, it’s crazy…I didn’t know he could rap like that.” He also thanked Yankovic personally for the parody. Weird Al later approached the singer on the red carpet after “Ridin” won for the Best Rap Song at the 49th Grammy Awards.