"Can't Hold Us Down" is a song by American recording artist Christina Aguilera, taken from her fourth studio album "Stripped". It was written by Aguilera, Scott Storch and Matt Morris, with production by Storch. The song features American rapper Lil' Kim, who had previously worked with Aguilera on the "Lady Marmalade" cover from the film Moulin Rouge! (2001).
"Can't Hold Us Down" is a contemporary R&B song, with elements of hip hop and dancehall. Lyrically, it is an attack on the double standard in society where men are praised for their sexual prowess while women with the same habits are looked down upon. It is also about female empowerment, self-awareness and social inequality. The song received mixed to favorable reviews from most music critics; some praised the lyrics, Lil' Kim appearance and deemed as a highlight on the album, but others called it "lifeless". The single was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004 for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
Released on August 26, 2003 as the fourth single from the album, the single peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Aguilera's 10th top twenty hit, while reaching number 3 on the Pop Songs. The single also peaked at number 2 in New Zealand, number 6 in the UK and number 5 in Australia. The music video, directed by David LaChapelle, shows the duo and a dozen of their friends take on a gang of guys in New York's Lower East Side in 1984. Aguilera performed the track on her Stripped World Tour and on the DVD Stripped Live in the U.K..
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