Cuff It

Album: Renaissance (2022)
Charted: 14 13
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  • Here, Beyoncé sings of a night of intimacy with her husband, Jay-Z. She's a "seasonal professional" and promises her hubby the sex will be erotic, exotic and they'll get as high as spaceships.
  • Come and cuff it, cuff it, cuff it, cuff it, baby
    While I buss it, buss it, buss it for you, baby

    To "cuff it" means to take ownership of something, based on the idea of getting "handcuffed" to a partner. An alternative definition is to hit them quickly and lightly with the palm of your hand. Beyoncé is handing over the reins to Jay-Z and letting him take control of their lovemaking. Meanwhile, Beyoncé will turn him on when she "buss it" (dances in an uninhibited manner).
  • Beyonce interpolates blue-eyed soul singer Teena Marie's 1988 single "Ooo La La La" on the pre-chorus when she sings "ooo la-la-la-la-la-la." The Fugees borrowed the same lyric for their 1995 hit "Fu-Gee-La."
  • Beyoncé wrote "Cuff It" with:

    Chic songwriter and guitarist Nile Rodgers

    Raphael Saadiq, co-founder of the pioneering R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné! He executive produced Beyoncé's sister Solange's 2016 album A Seat At The Table.

    The songwriting/production duo Nova Wav, comprising Brittany "Chi" Coney and Denisia "Blu June" Andrews. They worked on half of the Renaissance tracks.

    Frequent Beyoncé songwriting partner, The-Dream. He contributed towards 14 out of Renaissance's 16 tracks.

    Former Lukas Graham keyboardist Morten "Rissi" Ristorp. He co-penned many of the Danish band's early hits, including the singles "7 Years" and "Love Someone." He's also crafted hits for Little Mix ("Sweet Melody")" and Kygo ("Lose Somebody").

    Allen McGrier and Teena Marie, the writers of "Ooo La La La," also get credited.
  • Beyoncé, Nova Wav, Raphael Saadiq, Rissi and The-Dream produced the track. Nile Rodgers also provided the guitar work; The-Dream played the synthesizer; and Raphael Saadiq was on clavichord, drums and bass (the bass line recalls Chic's "Good Times").
  • The other musicians are:

    Trumpet: Jamelle Adisa
    Trombone: Lemar Guillary
    Saxophone: Scott Mayo
    Piano: Daniel Crawford
    Percussion: Sheila E.
    Additional vocals: Beam

    Shelia E. was in Prince's band from 1984 to 1989 and played on Beyoncé's 2002 song "Work It Out." Jamaican-American singer-rapper Beam also gets credited as a featured artist on the Renaissance track "Energy."
  • Two months after the release of Renaissance, "Cuff It" began to trend on social media, leading to a spike in streams on Spotify. This resulted in the song re-entering charts worldwide.


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