Holding You Down (Goin' in Circles)

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"Holding You Down (Goin' In Circles)"
Single by Jazmine Sullivan
from the album Love Me Back
Released July 10, 2010 (2010-07-10)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2010
Genre R&B, hip hop soul
Length 3:37
Label J Records
Writer(s) Jazmine Sullivan, Sean Combs, Jean Claude Oliver, Arlene Delvalle, Cory McKay, Gilbert Askey, Dave Atkinson, Cainon Lamb, Inga Marchand, Ricky Walters, Curtis Mayfield, Samuel Barnes, Douglas Davis, Anthony Cruz, Missy Elliott, Nasir Jones, Mary J. Blige
Producer(s) Missy Elliott, Lamb
Jazmine Sullivan singles chronology
"Dream Big"
"Holding You Down (Goin' In Circles)"
"10 Seconds"

"Holding You Down (Goin' In Circles)" is a song by American singer Jazmine Sullivan. It is the lead single[1] from her second album, Love Me Back. The song's production is noted for containing a samples of Slick Rick's "La Di Da Di"; Nas's "Affirmative Action"; The Honey Drippers's "Impeach the President"; Mary J. Blige's "Be Happy"; Biz Markie's "Make the Music with Your Mouth, Biz." The song got high praise from critics and was even nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.


"Holding You Down (Goin' in Circles)" features samples of several songs, including "La Di Da Di" by Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh, "Be Happy (Remix)" by Mary J. Blige featuring Keith Murray, "Top Billin' " by Audio Two, "I Can" and "Affirmative Action" by Nas featuring AZ, Nature, and Foxy Brown, "Let Me Clear My Throat" and "20 Minute Workout" by DJ Kool, and "Make the Music with Your Mouth, Biz" by Biz Markie.[2]

Music video[edit]

A music video for the song was shot in early August. Missy Elliott talked about the theme and background of the video via Twitter, saying "...she did a 90's house jump off so it was fun. Some hip hop legends was in the building that I look up too!" On August 30, 2010 the video premiered on the YouTube channel, Vevo, and later premiered on BET's music video countdown show, 106 & Park.[3]


A week prior to the song's official digital release, remixes featuring Lloyd Banks and Fat Joe were released. Two weeks following the song's digital release, other remixes featuring Wale and Uncle Murda were released to the public as well. On August 27, 2010, the official remix featuring Mary J. Blige and additional production and vocals by Swizz Beatz leaked via internet.[4] On September 7, a remix featuring Rick Ross was released via his Twitter page.[5]


Charts (2010) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 60
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[7] 3

Radio date and release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format
United States June 30, 2010 J Records Radio
United States July 10, 2010 J Records Digital download[8]
United Kingdom August 2, 2010 J Records CD single, digital download


  1. ^ "New Music: Jazmine Sullivan – ‘Holding You Down (Goin’ in Circles)’". Rap-Up. Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Track listing and credits as per liner notes for Love Me Back album
  3. ^ "Holding You Down" Music Video
  4. ^ "New Music: Jazmine Sullivan f/ Mary J. Blige & Swizz Beatz – ‘Holding You Down (Remix)'". Rap-Up. Retrieved 28 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Home - Free File Hosting and Sharing - Audio, Video, Image". LimeLinx. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  6. ^ "Holding You Down (Goin' in Circles) - Jazmine Sullivan". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  7. ^ "Jazmine Sullivan". Billboard. Retrieved 28 july 2010.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  8. ^ "Holding You Down (Goin' In Circles) - Single". iTunes. Retrieved 28 July 2010.