This is the first official single from American rapper Ludacris' seventh studio album, Battles of the Sexes. The long player was originally a collaboration with Disturbin Tha Peace member Shawnna but was reformatted upon her signing with Nappy Boy.
The song was debuted at the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta on October 27th, 2009, when Ludacris performed it as the second half of a medley that began with Lil Scrappy's "Addicted to Money", a song on which he is featured.
"How Low" entered at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Ludacris' highest debut on the chart, and his first Top Twenty hit since "Runaway Love
" in 2007.
Ludacris explained to MTV News that this song is a trip down memory lane: "We really was just taking it back," he said. "We coming up on my 10-year anniversary in 2010 - thinking about the essence of (debut single, which featured Shawna) 'What's Your Fantasy,' but it's the 2010 version. It's about the clubs, the radio. I feel like everybody could relate."
Battle of the Sexes was the first rap album to top the Billboard 200 for six months, the previous one being Jay-Z's The Blueprint 3 in early October 2009. Since the mid 2000s there has been a steady decline in chart topping rap albums. Whilst in 2004 there were 12 #1s belonging to that genre in 2009 there were only 4, (Jay-Z's disc plus, Eminem's Relapse, Rick Ross' Deeper Than Rap and Fabolous' Loso's Way).