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"Knock You Down"
Single by Keri Hilson featuring Kanye West & Ne-Yo
from the album In a Perfect World…
Released March 24, 2009 (2009-03-24)
(See release history)
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded 2009
Genre R&B, hip hop
Length 5:26 (Album Version)
4:12 (Radio & Video Versions)
Label Interscope (See release history)
Writer(s) Keri Hilson, Nathaniel Hills, Marcella Araica, Kevin "KC" Cossom, Shaffer "Ne-Yo" Smith, Kanye West, Lucas Bogg
Producer Danja
Certification Platinum (RIANZ)[1]
Keri Hilson chronology
"Turnin' Me On"
"Knock You Down"
"Number One
Kanye West chronology
"Knock You Down"
Ne-Yo chronology
"Knock You Down"
"Part of the List"

"Knock You Down" is a song by American singer Keri Hilson. It was written by Nathaniel Hills, Marcella Araica, Kevin "KC" Cossom, Shaffer Smith, Kanye West, Lucas Bogg, and Hilson for her debut studio album In a Perfect World... (2009), featuring production by Danja and guest vocals by rapper West and singer Ne-Yo. A critical success, it was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 52nd Grammy Awards.

The song was released as the album's fourth single in the United States on March 24, 2009, the same as the album's release in the United States, and became Hilson's most successful single to date, reaching number-one in New Zealand where it was certified platinum by the RIANZ. "Knock You Down" also reached the top ten of the charts in Canada, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, Turkey and the United Kingdom and peaked at number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, selling over one million downloads domestically.[2]


Release and promotion

It was written by Danja (Nathaniel Hills), Marcella Araica, Kevin "KC" Cossom, Ne-Yo (Shaffer Smith), Keri Hilson and Kanye West. Like most of the songs on the album, Hilson made final amendments to the song before it was recorded. Danja executive produced the single. Hilson said that she had always wanted to work with Ne-Yo and Kanye West, and West's vocals were a last minute addition to the single.[3] It was confirmed on Hilson's official video blog album countdown. The radio & video edit features Hilson performing additional ornamentation over Kanye's verses and replaces some of Ne-Yo's, omits her own last verse before the final chorus, and the outro of the album version.

In some radio edit versions of the song, the word ship is censored from the line in Ne-Yo's verse, I use to be commander in chief on my pimp ship flying high, it was probably mistaken for shit. Also, in Kanye West's late verse in the song, ask from the line, How can a goddess ask someone that's only average for advice, ask was probably mistaken for ass. The Video Version does not censor ship nor ask. The word "bitch" which is found in Kanye's rap is removed in both the Radio Edit and the Video Version. The Main Radio Edit and the Video replace the word "bitch" with a sound effect while the radio edit found on the Promo Only compilation mutes both "bitch" and the word "damn".

Hilson and West performed the song on May 4, 2009 on The Late Show with David Letterman.[4] Hilson also performed the song at the 2009 BET Awards as part of a medley which also included previous hit "Turnin' Me On". She utilized the reference to Michael Jackson in Kanye West's verse to create a dance breakdown at the conclusion of the performance, which took place the same week the late singer died.

Music video

The music video for "Knock You Down" was shot in Los Angeles, California with director Chris Robinson.

It begins in a house and Hilson falling into a bed and throughout scenes of Hilson in a bed. It then cuts to Hilson and West kissing and then her knocking him down. Then Ne-Yo sings his verse and it cuts to a party where Kanye sees Hilson talking to Ne-Yo and then Ne-Yo gets knocked down as Kanye sings a verse then at the end Hilson gets knocked down into the bed.

After appearing on BET's music video countdown show 106 & Park over 60 times, the video was retired and inducted into 106 & Park's "Hall of Fame". Due to its success, BET placed the video at #4 its Notarized: Top 100 Videos of 2009 countdown.

Reception and performance

Chris Williams of Billboard magazine gave the song a positive review, says that this song will follow in the success of her previous single "Turnin' Me On" while commenting on the song's thumping bass-beat verses with a transition to a frenetic midtempo groove for the chorus, as Hilson sings about love's surprise punch. Williams also comments "With a vocal assist from Ne-Yo and a clever guest rap by Kanye West, it appears Hilson is intent on a knockout punch of her own."[5]

Tracy Garraud of Vibe magazine also gave the song a positive review, and called the song a beaming mid-tempo featuring Ne-Yo and Kanye West that pounds heavier than love at first sight.[6] Glenn Gamboa of Newsday comments on the songs bouncy synths and that Kanye West sets the mood off the top, rhyming before Hilson even starts singing.[7]

Digital Spy gave the song a mixed review commenting on the song: "First, the good news. 'Knock You Down', a midtempo Danja production built around a stabbing synth riff, sounds like a more obvious hit than "Return the Favor". Sadly, it also illustrates that Hilson's greatest blessing as a performer - her connections - can be a bit of a curse. Getting two R&B A-listers to appear on your track should be a real coup, but not when one's got a more distinctive voice than you and the other steals the show with some typically ballsy rapping."[8]

Sal Cinquemani of Slant gave the song a negative review, commenting:

"Knock You Down" features a candy-sampled hook going unnoticed and yet another guest rap by Kanye West rhyming atop a thumping club beat. West's gasp-filled performance—marred by loud, ill-placed breaths—suggests he's been sprinting a little too quickly from studio to studio in an apparent effort to collect the most guest-spot checks in the industry, and the song's cheeky domestic abuse metaphor is, at best, poorly timed, but hey, it's already garnering airplay at urban radio, so who cares, right?[9]

The songs features the lyric "This is bad, real bad, Michael Jackson", which was said to be "a bit spooky" by Hilson, because of the fact it was released in the United Kingdom just 3 days before Jackson's death. However, Kanye West has often mentioned Jackson in other songs, including the hits "Gold Digger" and "Slow Jamz".

Chart performance

The song has proven to be Hilson's most successful single worldwide. It peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 for three non-consecutive weeks, spent seven weeks at number four and a total of fourteen consecutive weeks inside the top ten so far. Apart from being her second top five single in the US as a lead artist (her first being "The Way I Are" with Timbaland and D.O.E. as a featured artist which peaked at #3), "Knock You Down" is her first single to enter the ARIA 50 chart, surpassing the peak of her song "Return the Favor" on the UK charts as well her highest charting single in Canada. It also debuted as the highest new entry on the Irish Singles Chart at #2, surpassing her debut single "Return the Favour", which entered the chart and peaked at #19. "Knock You Down" debuted at #29 on the South African Singles Chart as the highest new entry of the week, and yn its eighth week it climbed to #3, only being kept from #1 by Beyonce's "Ego" and the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling". Prior to this "Knock You Down" was ranked 25th on South Africa's Year-end-chart. It reached number one in only one country, New Zealand.

Formats and tracklistings

Digital download
  1. "Knock You Down" (Album edit) – 5:29
UK download bundle[10]
  1. "Knock You Down" (Moto Blanco club remix) – 5:54
  2. "Knock You Down" (Moto Blanco dub remix) – 7:44
  3. "Knock You Down" (Bimbo Jones radio remix) – 4:28
  4. "Knock You Down" (Bimbo Jones club remix) – 7:41
  5. "Knock You Down" (Bimbo Jones dub remix) – 7:42
Europe CD single[11]
  1. "Knock You Down" (Radio edit) – 4:12
  2. "Knock You Down" (Radio edit instrumental) – 4:12
US Promo CD
  1. "Knock You Down" (Radio edit) – 4:12
  2. "Knock You Down" (Album edit) – 5:29
  3. "Knock You Down" (Instrumental) – 4:12


Chart (2009) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[12] 24
Austrian Singles Chart[13] 37
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[14] 49
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia)[15] 29
Canadian Hot 100[16] 9
Danish Singles Chart[17] 28
Dutch Top 40[18] 8
Eurochart Hot 100[19] 13
German Singles Chart[20] 30
Irish Singles Chart[21] 2
Japan Hot 100 Singles[22] 5
New Zealand Singles Chart[1] 1
Norwegian Singles Chart[23] 11
Swedish Singles Chart[24] 11
UK Singles Chart[25] 5
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[26] 3
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[27] 1
U.S. Billboard Pop Songs[28] 3

Procession and succession

Preceded by
"We Made You" by Eminem
New Zealand RIANZ singles chart number-one single
May 18, 2009 – June 22, 2009
Succeeded by
"I Gotta Feeling" by Black Eyed Peas
Preceded by
"Birthday Sex" by Jeremih
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number-one single
June 13, 2009 – June 20, 2009
Succeeded by
"Best I Ever Had" by Drake

Release history

Region Date Format Label
North America March 24, 2009 Digital download Interscope, Universal
Australia Digital download, CD single
United Kingdom May 4, 2009[29] Digital download
June 22, 2009[30] CD single


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