Keri Hilson ft Kanye West & Ne-Yo - 'Knock You Down'
Yes, yes, so it's been in the Top 10 for ages and anything I have to say on the topic beyond "OMG people really seem to like this, don't they?" is so far beyond irrelevant it makes irrelevant seem, y'know...RELEVANT.
You've heard it, I've heard it, people have been downloading it, and NOW it is finally going to be available in the shops. It's the song which brings together Timbaland's mate, that fella with the big ego and venetian blind shades, and the cat in the hat.
So...what to do...do we run a full review, or have a look at the fun things which occur within the lyric sheet? Should there be sensible coverage, or snarky daftness? Chinstroking assessment, or pedantic mucking about?
Well why not both?
(Here's the video. WHO is going to sweep Kanye West up, please?)
Fun In The Lyric Sheet:
Keri: "You came in and knocked me on my face."
Who comes in and THEN knocks? And on the face? That's just weird.
Ne-Yo: "I used to be commander-in-chief of my pimp ship flyin' high"
No you didn't, that's not a thing you can actually be. And even if you did, if it's YOUR pimp ship, why would you employ anyone else to be commander-in-chief? That's double-bragging. Plus entirely untrue.
Kanye: "We can finally fly off into NASA"
Don't fly INTO NASA! You'll destroy their laboratories, and they're bound to have loads of rocket fuel lying about, it'll be a disaster!
Keri: "Feels like in I'm a race, but I already won first place."
Probably a good time to stop running then.
Ne-Yo: "She shot the bullet that ended that life"
It's hardly the most romantic metaphor for how your circumstances change after you start a new relationship, is it?
Kanye: "You should leave your boyfriend now, I'ma ask him"
Five minutes later, Kanye returns, rubbing his jaw: "Yeah, he said no..."
Nice work, everyone.
The Singles Jukebox says: "I'd be happier if [Hilson] and West switched places in terms of the time they get."
Critical Condition says: "The more I listen, though, the more I appreciate how the song's familiar pieces add up to mindless, scrumptious joy."