Producer: Carlos "Six July" Broady, Nashiem Myrick, Puff Daddy
Album: No Way Out
Label: Bad Boy
Puff Daddy was no newbie to the game when he released his debut single from No Way Out. He was already a successful and established songwriter, producer, and label owner before he became a performer himself. Known as the man behind larger-than-life East Coast rap royalty Notorious B.I.G., Puff Daddy was finally ready to step out into the spotlight in a different way in January 1997, when he released "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down," featuring Ma$e.
The song, which features a slowed down version of Grand Master Flash and The Furious Five's hit song "The Message" and an interpolation of Matt Wilder's 1983 "Break My Stride" for the chorus, climbed to the No. 1 spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for six weeks.
Puffy took this time to flex yet another talent and show that he was more than just a hype man or professional ad-libber, he was still the slick talker rapping about the ultimate come up. "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down" was more than just a song for Puffy, it was also his declaration as a multi-talented threat to the music industry. —Tannis Spencer