Slow Down

Album: Death Of a Pop Star (2010)

Songfacts®:

  • This is the lead single from Death Of a Pop Star, a collaboration between American rapper David Banner and hip-hop producer 9th Wonder. In an interview with HitQuarters, 9th Wonder explained why he teamed up with the rapper: "It just came from a conversation that David Banner and I had on the phone where we said, 'Let's do a record.' We share a common bond and common views when it comes to the industry at large and when it comes to manhood. He just wanted me to bring beats and soulful side to the table."
  • 9th Wonder told HitQuarters about the inspiration behind the album: "We thought that in many ways the death of Michael Jackson meant the death of black music, and that's where 'Pop Star' comes from. Not to say black music is dead all the way, but on the mainstream side there's not really much of a focus on soul. There's not a lot of people trying to redefine soul music. It's a situation that we wanted to address and put out in the mainstream arena."
  • The song features the vocals of R&B chanteuse, Heather Victoria, who also doubles as Banner's leading lady in the video. In the clip Victoria gets kidnapped, leading Banner with the help of sidekick 9th Wonder and a special pair of sunglasses to chase the kidnappers. "At some point the artist shall be held accountable to his or her self," said Banner. "This is me understanding that and doing something about it."

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