Beat Me Up

Album: Just Like You (2009)
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Songfacts®:

  • This song was co-written and produced by Kevin Rudolf, who's worked with the likes of Lil Wayne and Cobra Starship. He told MTV News about his collaboration with the teenage American Idol finalist. "I think Allison is, like, probably one of the most talented singers out in the world right now," he gushed. "She's one of my favorite people I've ever worked with. Ever. She's awesome."
    He added that he was so impressed with Iraheta, he considered reprioritizing his workload. "I even told the label, 'I would just, like, quit half of what I'm doing and work just on this [album], because she's so good.' Such a great voice! I just want to make sure she gets great records and special attention and, you know, the songs and material that she deserves to have."
  • Rudolf told MTV News that he considered this song to be more than a standard pop tune. "I don't write bubblegum pop. Even if I write something that's poppy I always try to do something with integrity and that's real and has heart. We did a cool record. It has a little bit of a wink to it, but it's smart. To me, she's like the new Janis Joplin or Pat Benetar."
  • Some critics considered this song to be disturbing as Iraheta sings about domestic violence. Entertainment Weekly asked the teen singer about its controversial subject matter. She replied: "It's a pretty rad song. This chick likes being mistreated by her guy. A lot of girls out there, they like that! And it's kind of sad, but y'know, that's just the way she is. Not that I'm like that because I'd beat the hell out of whoever the hell mistreats me! I put myself in another girl's shoes, so it's a pretty cool song."

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