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"Knock You Down" (CD single)



Torn between two lovers, hip-hop star keeps it clean.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The song implies a love triangle in which a girl falls for a new guy. The video illustrates this storyline but it never gets violent or threatening.


The metaphor of "love knocking you down" is used throughout the song to mean catching someone by surprise.

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West uses the word "bitch" in one of his rap verses.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this R&B/hip-hop single is clean. The phrase "knock you down" is used to mean getting caught off guard by an intense jolt of feelings.

What's the story?

KNOCK YOU DOWN is one of the most successful singles off In a Perfect World..., the debut CD from the prolific hip-hop songwriter Keri Hilson. The song features hip-hop greats Kayne West and Ne-Yo trading raps in pursuit of Hilson's affections. Take this one from West: "'Cause we had it, we was magic, I was flyin', now I'm crashin'...You should leave your boyfriend now, I'ma ask 'em." The lyrics stay clean throughout, with the chorus repeating: "Sometimes love comes around and it knocks you down."

Is it any good?


This is a good blend of rap and R&B with strong lyrical muscle supplied by West and Ne-Yo (who provides a particularly cool riff from his hit "Miss Independent.") The guest contributions also intensify the drama of the love triangle. Thankfully, the metaphoric "knock out" doesn't go too far and stays within the realm of good taste.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the phrase "knock you down." Will young listeners understand the difference between a description of an emotional hit and a physical one?

Music details

Artist:Keri Hilson
Release date:March 24, 2009
Label:Interscope Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written bytaffy love September 17, 2009
Teen, 16 years old Written byimjustwondering April 8, 2011
i love this album brought the whole album on iTunes. This is a very apporiate album compare to "No Boys Allow" album which is for the big teen and older audiences i would let my little sister and cousins listen to this album there is no violence ""love knocked you down"" can't not be an excuse say its violent what so ever and you can get the clean version which blocks 3 words out
Adult Written bysongscreener February 26, 2011

perfect for all kids

Clean song and if you tell your kids. That b***h means female dog and plast it to your toddler
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