“Heated” by Beyoncé
On “Heated”, Beyoncé is largely addressing a romantic interest(s). Whether or not it’s Jay-Z is a matter of perspective, but all lyrics considered it reads as if this piece is intended to have a more general applicability.
What the vocalist is acknowledging – for instance as far as the titular metaphor goes – is that she is in fact a hot lady. For example, she knows that guys want her, and on certain occasions, such as this one, the Queen B does decide to “flaunt” what her momma gave her.
But more to the main point is the vocalist letting a specific type of guy know that she is indeed a boss chick. What is being inferred is that said guy, who once again is the primary addressee and a romantic interest, is trying to, shall we say keep Beyoncé’s womanhood in check. In response, she’s letting him know that it ain’t going down like that.
First of all, it’s only a “real” n*gga, if you will, who could “tame” a lady like her. And secondly, going back to what was mentioned earlier, the vocalist is someone with a high level of success, wealth, physical attractiveness and most importantly, in the grand scheme of things, self-confidence.
Conclusively that would be the thesis sentiment of “Heated”, that the narrator is very much aware of her high worth. Yes, riches do play a role in this song, but what is really being stressed here more than anything else is the vocalist’s sexiness and the boldness she derives from it.
So in terms of relaying that sentiment, what is being put forth is twofold. On one hand, it can definitely be gleaned that Beyoncé is feeling herself. On the other, she is accordingly letting romantic interests know that if they try to play her like a weak woman, she will prove them otherwise.
This song is based on a demo that was actually put together by Drake some time earlier in 2022. That particular piece was written by Drizzy and produced by the following producers:
- Jahaan Sweet
- Sevn Thomas
- Kelman Duran
- Harry Edwards
- Stuart White
Accordingly Drake is acknowledged as a co-writer of “Heated”, and those aforementioned individuals are credited as its producers, alongside Beyoncé. Also Beyoncé, Boi-1da, Sevn Thomas, Jahaan Sweet, Cadenza and Neenyo are granted writing credit for this track in conjunction with the below names:
- Brittany Coney
- Ricky Lawson
- Blu June
Upon the release of “Renaissance”, the album this song is derived from, on 29 July 2022, some other songs were getting more attention than “Heated”. However, somewhere along the line, it promptly began circulating that the word “spazzing” is found in these lyrics. This is the same “ableist slur” that Lizzo endured a backlash for using a month earlier on a track she dropped titled “Grrrls“. And like Lizzo, in response to such political-correctness obsessed critics, Beyoncé has also agreed to remove said terminology from “Heated”.