The Gang's drummer, George Brown, was the main songwriter on this track; he also helmed the band's hit "Ladies Night
." In an interview with Gary James, group leader Robert "Kool" Bell explained how they handled songwriting credits: "The person who comes up with the basic concept of the song is the fifty percent writer of the song, and the group involved, we might make changes here and there, would share in the other fifty percent. A song like 'Too Hot' was written by George Brown and he is the writer of the song, getting 100%, unless George wants to split it 50/50. It's his decision. Anything where the group is in total collaboration becomes a Kool and the Gang song."