6 Inch
by Beyoncé (featuring The Weeknd)

Album: Lemonade (2016)
Charted: 35 18
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  • Beyoncé sings about hard-working women on this song, using 6-inch heels as a symbol of wealth and power:

    She works for the money, she work for the money
    From the start to the finish
    And she worth every dollar, she worth every dollar
    And she worth every minute

    The empowering lyrics pay respect to any working woman who has worked hard for their success.
  • The Weeknd lends vocals and is also credited as a co-writer. His verse backs Beyonce's empowering lyrics and he also adds his own characteristic references to the ecstasy drug and drinking Hennessy.
  • The song was co-produced by Beyoncé with:

    The Weeknd producers Danny Boy Styles and Ben Billions.

    Boots, who first emerged as the mysterious collaborator on Beyoncé's self-titled 2013 album.
  • Boots explained that the bridge is "the spiritual sequel" to the "Ghost" section of "Haunted":

    "'9 to 5 to stay alive' morphs into the grind from Monday to Friday////Friday to Sunday."
  • The 12 credited songwriters include Weeknd associate Belly of "Might Not" fame and Terius "The-Dream" Nash.

    The-Dream is a frequent contributor to Beyonce's albums, though this was his only song to make it onto Lemonade. He told Billboard magazine:

    "I understood from the jump that this wouldn't be one I would be heavily involved in. The album before it [Beyonce] was eight songs. The one before that [4], I had seven. With Lemonade, it was one where she had something to say, and I maybe am just too close to the family to say most of the things that were said."

    The-Dream added: "I didn't have the concept of the album when I wrote to '6 Inch.' It was just like, 'Okay, cool, let me write and do my thing.' The parts that I did were way longer. She trimmed it down to what it is. Nevertheless, it's a great track and I definitely loved it."
  • The song samples in the bridge Animal Collective's 2009 single "My Girls" reinterpreting the line, "I don't mean to seem like I care about material things" as, "She too smart to crave material things."

    Boots explained to Genius that the reference was accidental. He compared it to when George Harrison got sued for "My Sweet Lord" because it sounded too much like the 1963 Chiffons hit "He's So Fine."

    "You write it and sing it and think "that's f---ing great!!!" and everyone high fives and you're all geniuses for fourteen seconds but it turns out its great because someone else already f---ing wrote it. That song is a jam."
  • Beyoncé also samples part of the instrumental of Isaac Hayes' 1969 slinky soul cover of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's classic "Walk on By," which was originally a hit for Dionne Warwick in 1964.
  • The original version of the song was written by Ben Billions, Belly and Danny Boy Styles. It was intended to be a Belly track with French Montana and was the first time that the trio had worked together, Billions recalled to Billboard magazine:

    "We got the word back that [Beyoncé] liked it, and we all were like, we should keep working together. I think we're on to something. We're gonna be good when this s--- comes out."
  • Speaking to Billboard magazine in a separate interview, DannyBoyStyles recalled how he, Belly and Ben Billions originally came up with the track:

    "Me and Belly started working on that record together down in Miami. I was making the beat in the lounge in the studio and Belly heard it, and like I said, Belly is one of those people where he will hear anything, and if it sparks anything in him, he'll record over it. When I first did that beat, it didn't sound like the way it sounds now. But when Belly took it and he put that hook on it, that turned it into a whole other type of monster.

    Later on I met Ben [Billions] down in Miami, he was working over there with [DJ] Khaled, and he would come by the studio a lot. And I was like, 'Yo, me and Belly have this record, could you put some sauce on it for me?' You know, Ben's the sauce man, I call Ben to put the toppings on it for me. So he did his thing on it. But me and Belly had that record for maybe two, two-and-a-half years before we even went back in on it and did anything else with it. Could you imagine? [Laughs]"
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