Can't Nobody Hold Me Down

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"Can't Nobody Hold Me Down"
Single by Puff Daddy featuring Mase
from the album No Way Out
ReleasedFebruary 11, 1997
GenreEast Coast hip hop
Songwriter(s)Sean "Puffy" Combs, Steve Jordan, Carlos Broady, Nasheim Myrick, Mason Betha, Greg Prestopino, Matthew Wilder, Sylvia Robinson, Melvin Glover, Clifton Chase, Edward Fletcher
Producer(s)Carlos Broady, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Stevie J, Nashiem Myrick
Puff Daddy singles chronology
"No Time"
"Can't Nobody Hold Me Down"
"I'll Be Missing You"
Mase singles chronology
"Only You"
"Can't Nobody Hold Me Down"
"Just the Way You Like It"

"Can't Nobody Hold Me Down" is the debut single by rapper Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs. It appears on Combs' debut album No Way Out and it was released as the first single in 1997.

The song entered the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at number thirty-two in early 1997 and eventually spent six weeks at number one. It was the beginning of Combs' and Bad Boy Records' chart domination during the year — the Combs-produced "Hypnotize" by The Notorious B.I.G. would follow this song at number one, and the B.I.G. tribute song "I'll Be Missing You" spent eleven weeks at number one during the summer, only to be followed by another B.I.G. song, "Mo Money Mo Problems" and then the Combs-produced "Honey" by Mariah Carey.

Combs was already a successful songwriter, producer and record label owner (Bad Boy Records) before he released his debut album as a performer. His first U.S. chart single, "No Time", was a top-twenty hit for Lil' Kim on which Puff Daddy was credited as a featured vocalist. "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down" is the debut chart appearance for Harlem-based rapper Mase.


The song combines elements of several previous singles, the most obvious being a slowed-down rhythm track sampling from Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five's "The Message". The track's chorus is an interpolation of "Break My Stride", a top-five single by Matthew Wilder from 1983. The track also contains a sample of opening drums of Michael Jackson's 1979 single "Rock with You".

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[15] 2× Platinum 2,700,000[14]

See also[edit]


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  14. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1997". Billboard. BPI Communications Inc. 110 (5): 76. January 31, 1998. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 9, 2015.
  15. ^ "American single certifications – Diddy, P. – Can%27t Nobody Hold Me Down". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.