Hot Like Fire

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"Hot Like Fire"
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Single by Aaliyah featuring Timbaland
from the album One in a Million
A-side "The One I Gave My Heart To"
B-side "Death of a Playa" (featuring Rashad)
Released September 16, 1997
Format CD single
Recorded 1996; Pyramid Studios
(Ithaca, New York)
Genre
Length 4:24
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Timbaland
Aaliyah singles chronology
"Up Jumps da Boogie"
(1997)
"Hot Like Fire" / "The One I Gave My Heart To"
(1997)
"Journey to the Past"
(1998)

"Up Jumps da Boogie"
(1997)
"Hot Like Fire"/"The One I Gave My Heart To"
(1997)
"Journey to the Past"
(1998)
Timbaland singles chronology
"What About Us?"
(1997) What About Us?1997
"Hot Like Fire"
(1997) Hot Like Fire1997
"Are You That Somebody?"
(1998) Are You That Somebody?1998

"Hot Like Fire" is a song written by Missy Elliott and Tim "Timbaland" Mosley for Aaliyah's second album, One in a Million (see 1996 in music). It is the fifth release overall and the official fourth single in North America (see 1997 in music).

The song was released as part of a double A-side single with "The One I Gave My Heart To".

Critical reception[edit]

Shannon Marcec from Complex felt that the remix version of "Hot Like Fire" was better than the original version. Marcec said "No shade to the original version of "Hot Like Fire," but the "Timbaland's Groove Mix" was 10 times better". Marcec also praised both the songs production and Aaliyah's vocals saying, "Timbaland presents another entrancing track, beatboxing Susanne Vega's "Tom's Diner," while Aaliyah brings her melodic voice and habitually sexy style"[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Lance "Un" Rivera. Fatima Robinson directed the choreography.[2] Missy Elliott, Timbaland, Magoo, Playa, Changing Faces, Lil' Kim, and Junior M.A.F.I.A. made cameos in the video.

The video starts with a large number of people in an urban neighborhood on a very hot summer day. Aaliyah drives a red car with a fire engine. The setting quickly changes to night as Aaliyah gets out of the car to perform the chorus on a steamy stage with sparks in the background. During the second verse, Aaliyah is seen dancing with the crowd. Aaliyah returns to the stage with the dancers to perform the chorus again. Timbaland performs his verse and Missy Elliott performs her verse.

In 2015, Case claimed in an interview that he was supposed to be in the music video for the single but "got distracted" and "didn't make it."[3]

Track listing[edit]

UK 12-inch single

  1. "The One I Gave My Heart To" (radio mix) – 3:53
  2. "Hot Like Fire" (album version) – 4:23
  3. "Hot Like Fire" (Timbaland's Groove mix) – 4:35
  4. "Hot Like Fire" (Feel My Horns mix) – 4:35
  5. "Hot Like Fire" (instrumental) – 4:19

US double A-side CD single

  1. "The One I Gave My Heart To" (radio mix) – 3:53
  2. "Hot Like Fire" (album version) – 4:22

US CD maxi single

  1. "The One I Gave My Heart To" (radio mix) – 3:53
  2. "Hot Like Fire" (album version) – 4:23
  3. "Hot Like Fire" (Timbaland's Groove mix) – 4:35
  4. "Hot Like Fire" (Feel My Horns mix) – 4:35
  5. "Hot Like Fire" (instrumental) – 4:19
  6. "Death of a Playa" (featuring Rashad) - 4:56

US promo 12-inch single

  1. "Hot Like Fire" (album version) – 4:23
  2. "Hot Like Fire" (Timbaland's Groove mix) – 4:35
  3. "Hot Like Fire" (Feel My Horns mix) – 4:35
  4. "Hot Like Fire" (instrumental) – 4:19
  5. "Hot Like Fire" (Timbaland's Groove mix instrumental) – 4:35
  6. "Hot Like Fire" (Feel My Horns mix instrumental) – 4:35

Charts[edit]

Chart (1997–1998) Peak
position
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[4] 88
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 30
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[6] 25
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[7] 3
US R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay (Billboard)[8] 31

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