"Knock You Down" (CD single)

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Torn between two lovers, hip-hop star keeps it clean.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 21 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

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.


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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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
Parent of a 13-year-old Written byohya August 7, 2010
undetected use of p*mp-sh*t and ass
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 old... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old September 4, 2010

ok song

the song is good . pretty clean

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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