Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down: Puff Daddy ft. Mase
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  • The music video begins with a sample of Verdi Requiem as Puffy has a dream of himself drowning when he's really in bed with a sexy black chick (I guess the sex wasn't all that, otherwise he would have no problem sleeping eh
  • Both Puffy and Mase are decked out in dark jersey gear, Puffy with the number one on his shirt while Mase sports the number two on his - This is possibly the best set piece out of the whole video

    • by Stephen Filippelli
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      Puff Daddy ft. Mase “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” No Way Out Bad Boy Records Director: Paul Hunter

      Welcome to January 1997, the beginning of the year-long chart domination of Puff Daddy and his Bad Boy Records label. It all began with his very first solo single and music video “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” from his debut album “No Way Out” (retitled from “Hell Up in Harlem”). Being that he was already a successful producer and label CEO, Puffy already had himself established to many eyes and ears in the music business before he released this joint which is basically a slowed-down rhythmic version of


      Grandmaster Flash’s “The Message” and contains an interpolation from “Break My Stride” by Matthew Wilder.

      The music video begins with a sample of Verdi Requiem as Puffy has a dream of himself drowning when he’s really in bed with a sexy black chick (I guess the sex wasn’t all that, otherwise he would have no problem sleeping eh?). He awakes to a phone call from his pal Notorious B.I.G. and Eddie Griffith, both of whom have been pulled over by the police.

      And so the song begins. Puffy and Mase are driving a Benz through the desert as they rap, decked out in dark beige jumpsuits.


      • Towards the end, they stop, exit out the car, and walk towards us as the car blows up behind them after the chorus. Classic. The next scene is so out of left field as it is a good taste of the shiny suit era with Puff and Mase rapping inside of an all-white room, wearing all-white suits.

        Then the final scene has the duo rapping and dancing inside some futuristic circular, gold-tinted auditorium as audience members dance from up above. Both Puffy and Mase are decked out in dark jersey gear, Puffy with the number one on his shirt while Mase sports the number two

        on his - This is possibly the best set piece out of the whole video.

        The overall song, video, and vibe put together is enthralling and takes you back to a time when today’s robo-voice rappers with their dingy idiotic videos didn’t exist. I have to give props to Paul Hunter for his excellent set design and lighting on this one as it all matched the mood of the song. My only quips about this music video is the Eddie Griffith skits that occur here and there between the song, it’s very stereotypical black-man-being-pulled-over garbage that we’ve seen one too many times. It actually detracts from the overall song and video.




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