The beat has a jazzy tune composed with saxophones and drums. It was produced by The Neptunes. The original version of the song was "Cot' Damn." which was featured on their album Lord Willin'. "Hot Damn" features a sample from another Neptunes song "What Happened to That Boy".
The song was originally titled "God Damn" but it was changed under the advice of the record label, who believed that "nobody in the bible belt would play it". It has new lyrics on the track, which are different from the original.