Who Gon Stop Me

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"Who Gon Stop Me"
Song by Jay-Z and Kanye West
from the album Watch the Throne
ReleasedAugust 8, 2011
  • Sham "Sak Pase" Joseph
  • West
  • Dean (add.)

"Who Gon Stop Me" is a song by American hip hop recording artists Kanye West and Jay-Z, from their first collaborative effort Watch the Throne (2011).[1] The song is the ninth song on the official track list for the album.[1] Music critics praised the song. The song heavily samples English dubstep producer Flux Pavilion's hit single "I Can't Stop", taken from his EP Lines in Wax and his mix album Circus One with Doctor P. It charted in the United States, South Korea and Canada.

In popular culture[edit]

Complex listed the track among their 25 pregame jams for NBA players.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Several sources complimented West's vocals on the song.

"Who Gon Stop Me" received widespread critical acclaim. Spin gave the song a positive review and described the hook in the song "This is something like a holocaust / Millions of our people lost," by adding that "He's making the point that inner-city violence, by the dictionary definition of the word ("a mass slaughter of people"), is a holocaust, but is never framed as such".[3] Rolling Stone, similar to Spin, also stated that the song was an experimental track that featured a dubstep bass line and that it is flattering to Kanye West's vocal talents.[4] Billboard described "Who Gon Stop Me" by saying "The Throne throws the middle finger to haters and hardships of the past. "Til I die/ I'mma f***in ball," West raps. Perfect song for wildin'."[5] The Hollywood Reporter stated that the album also had a "dubstep-like" beat and described Kanye West and Jay-Z's verses by saying "It's unclear what Kanye's referring to by "our people." Jay-Z admits that he still likes Picasso, but now he also likes Rothko and Rilke. "[6] The Guardian described the song as using "Romping, ravey synths, a big stomp without much give."[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

Due to the hype around Watch the Throne, "Who Gon Stop Me" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at 44, without actually being released as a single.[8] The reason for the song's relatively high debut on the Billboard Hot 100 is because of the song's high digital performance. On the week of August 27, 2011, "Who Gon Stop Me" debuted on the Billboard digital songs chart at number 19 which was the second highest debut of the week only under Drake's single "Headlines".[9] In its second week on the Hot 100 it dropped to 79, and by the third week it exited the chart entirely.[10] The song is the only non-single from Watch the Throne that managed to chart in the Top 50 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song performed similarly in Canada, debuting at 60 on the Canadian Hot 100 the week of the album's release.[11]

On April 10, 2015, the song was certified Gold in the US.[12]


Chart (2011-13) Peak
Canadian Hot 100[11] 60
South Korea (Gaon Chart)[13] 116
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 44
US R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs (Billboard)[14] 9
US Hot R&B Songs (Billboard)[15] 21


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[16] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  2. ^ Brandon Knight (2014-12-04). "25 Bangin' Pregame Jams for Your Favorite NBA Players". Complex. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  3. ^ "Track by Track: 'Watch the Throne' Pt. 2". SPIN.com. 2011-08-23. Retrieved 2012-01-08.
  4. ^ Matthew Perpetua (2011-08-09). "Kanye West and Jay-Z's 'Watch the Throne': A Track-by-Track Breakdown | Music News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-01-08.
  5. ^ "Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne': Track-by-Track Review – The Juice". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-01-08.
  6. ^ "Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne': Track-by-Track". The Hollywood Reporter. 2011-10-08. Retrieved 2012-01-08.
  7. ^ Matos, Michaelangelo (2011-08-02). "Jay-Z and Kanye West: Watch the Throne – track-by-track review | Music | guardian.co.uk". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-01-08.
  8. ^ a b "Top 100 Music Hits, Top 100 Music Charts, Top 100 Songs & The Hot 100". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-01-08.
  9. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/2011-08-27/digital-songs?order=gainer
  10. ^ "Top 100 Music Hits, Top 100 Music Charts, Top 100 Songs & The Hot 100". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-01-08.
  11. ^ a b "Top 100 Music Hits, Top 100 Music Charts, Top 100 Songs & The Hot 100". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-01-08.
  12. ^ "Gold & Platinum - Jay-Z & Kanye West - Who Gon Stop Me". RIAA. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  13. ^ "South Korea Gaon International Chart (Week: August 13, 2011 to August 20, 2011)". Gaon Chart. Retrieved August 20, 2011.
  14. ^ "Kanye West Chart History (R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  15. ^ "Kanye West Chart History (Hot R&B Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  16. ^ "American single certifications – Jay-Z & Kanye West – Who Gon Stop Me". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.