Check on It


Check on It
"Check On It"
Single by Beyoncé featuring Slim Thug
from the album #1's
Released December 13, 2005
Format Digital download, CD single, 12" single
Recorded 2004
Sony Music Studios (New York City, New York)
Henson Recording Studios (Hollywood, Los Angeles, California)
Genre R&B, hip hop
Length 3:30
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Beyoncé Knowles, Kasseem Dean, Sean Garrett, Angela Beyince, Stayve Thomas
Producer Swizz Beatz
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Beyoncé singles chronology
"Naughty Girl"
(2004)
"Check on It"
(2005)
"Déjà Vu"
(2006)
Slim Thug singles chronology
"Luxurious"
(2005)
"Check on It"
(2005)
"Wamp Wamp (What It Do)"
(2006)

"Check on It" is a song performed by American R&B singer Beyoncé Knowles, featuring American rapper Slim Thug. It was composed by Knowles, Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean, Sean Garrett, Angela Beyincé and Stayve Thomas. The song was supposed to be featured on the soundtrack album for 2006 film The Pink Panther, in which Knowles co-stars. As it was ultimately not included on its soundtrack album, the song with additional vocals from Slim Thug was featured as a new track on the 2005 Destiny's Child's greatest hits album #1's. It was also later made available as a bonus track on the deluxe edition of Knowles' second studio album, B'Day (2006) in selected European territories in 2007. Columbia Records released the song in the United States on December 13, 2005.

The song's development was motivated by the phrase 'Check on It' which Knowles and her management jokingly used before they decided to turn the idea into a song. "Check on It" derives genres from R&B as well as hip hop and lyrically, the song takes place in a club, where Knowles is letting the male patrons know that they are welcome to come and look at her sexually attractive body when she is dancing. The track consists of two verse-raps by Slim Thug. The song was generally well received by music critics who universally complimented the pleasant vocals of Knowles and the assertiveness with which she delivers her lyrics.

"Check on It" was not originally lined up for an official release as a single from the album #1's. However, it received heavy rotation from US radio stations, following the release of the first single, "Stand Up for Love" (2005), which performed poorly on the charts in the US. Eventually, "Check on It" debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 in November 2005, that is, before its official release. The single reached the summit of the Hot 100 in February 2006; it remained at the top for five consecutive weeks, becoming one of the two longest-running number-one single in 2006. "Check on It" became Knowles' third US number-one single as a solo artist. Additionally, the song peaked at number one in New Zealand and reached the top ten on various singles chart in mainland Europe.

The music video for the song was directed by Hype Williams, and was premiered on December 16, 2005. It was shot in pink to brand the relationship with The Pink Panther. "Check on It" won the Best R&B Video at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards, and was also nominated in the award category for Video of the Year at the 2006 BET Awards. Although Knowles did not perform the song in any televised appearances, the song was a part of her set list on The Beyoncé Experience at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and I Am... Tour.

Contents

Background and release

Slim Thug at the KDHT studio in 2005.

"Check on It" was composed by Knowles, Slim Thug (who is also a featured artist on the song), Angela Beyince, Sean Garrett, and utilized production from Swiss Beatz, who assisted in writing the song.[1] Matt Hennessy, Dave Pensado, and Dexter Simmons mixed the record with assistance from Geoffrey Rice, and Matt Serrecchio.[2] Knowles said that the song's title, "Check on It", was a phrase jokingly used with her and her management before they decided to turn the idea into a song.[3] The song was originally intended to be featured on the soundtrack for the remake of The Pink Panther, starring Steve Martin, Kevin Kline and Beyonce.[4] However, it was not used for the soundtrack album,[5] and the song, with added vocals from Slim Thug,[6] was instead played during the film's end credits and released on Knowles' former group Destiny's Child's greatest hits, #1's.[7]

"Check on It" was not originally intended for release as a single from the album #1's. However, it received heavy rotation from US radio stations after the release of the first single, "Stand Up for Love", a song recorded by all members of Destiny's Child that was a commercial failure.[4] Due to this heavy rotation, "Check on It" debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 in November 2005, that is, before its official release.[8] A remix of the song featuring American rapper Bun B was officially recorded before its official release.[9] The task of remixing the song was undertaken by Maurice Joshua with further assistance from Junior Vasquez who helped in its production.[2]

"Check on It" was first released through digital download in the United States on December 13, 2005.[10] Remixes featuring Slim Thug were later made available available on January 31, 2006 in both the United Kingdom[11] and the United States.[12] "Check on It" was also released a CD Single in these two countries on February 28, 2006.[13][14] The track was made available a CD Single on February 6, 2006 and as a digital download February 7, 2006 in European countries.[15][16] "Check on It" was never released in Australia. It was later made available as a bonus track on the deluxe edition of Knowles' second studio album, B'Day in European territories on April 3, 2007.[17] Though the song had worldwide success, Knowles has stated she disliked the song.[3] She has also stated on many occasions that she was surprised at how successful the single became because she felt that it was very simple and that probably it would not catch on like some of her previous singles.[3]

Music and lyrics

"Check on It" is an R&B and hip hop song,[4] which features a heavy bassline,[18] and frequent "swinging pelvic taunts".[19] According to the sheet music published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing at Musicnotes.com, "Check On It" is set in common time, and has a tempo of 166 beats per minute. Written in the key of G Major, Knowles' vocal range spans from the low note of A3 to the high note of B5.[20] Lyrically, the song takes place in a club, where the female protagonist is letting the male patrons know that they are welcome to come and look at her sexually attractive body when she is dancing.[19] "Check on It" starts with a verse-rap from Slim Thug: "Good girls gotta get down with them gangstas/ Go head girl put some back and some neck up on it...".[19] According to Bret McCabe of Baltimore City Paper, Slim Thug sounds "like a 1975 Mercury Cougar turning over" due to his big, strong and heavy purr.[19] Knowles then delivers lyrics such as "I can be a tease, but I really wanna please you [...] Oohhh you watchin[g] me shake it, Ya can’t take it, it’s blazin[g]’..." which are "sexual teasing".[4][18] According to Bill Lamb of About.com, the song features smooth and alluring vocals on Knowles' part.[4] The chorus lines; "Dip it, pop it, work it, stop it, check on me tonight" are delivered very quickly and in a breathless manner by Knowles. Bret McCabe noted that her pace could be compared to that of American singer Donna Summer.[19] Slim Thug appears again after the second verse to perform a different verse rap. Then Knowles repeats the chorus lines four times with her additional vocals played in the background and the song ends.[19]

Critical reception

Music critics received the song positively, with most of the complimenting the vocal arrangements of Knowles and the easiness as well as the confidence she displays while delivering her lyrics. The UK website Contactmusic.com called "Check on It" a "booty shaking anthem" and complimented the fact that Knowles' decided to switch to a "club" song after "Stand Up for Love".[18] Bret McCabe of Baltimore City Paper noted that the single bears no practically similarity to songs from the Destiny's Child's era. He went on praising the lyrics of the song as well as the easiness with which Knowles delivers the lyrics.[19] Jaime Gill of Yahoo! Music called the track "sinuously brilliant".[21] James Blake of BBC said that the lyrics are pleasantly aggressive and critical of women.[22] About.com's Bill Lamb wrote that although "Check on It" was not as good as Knowles' previous singles such as "Crazy in Love", her vocal effort was "pleasing","engaging" and "a delight to hear".[4] James Anthony of the British newspaper The Guardian wrote that the song "espouses a blissful disregard for traditional songwriting conventions. No Hova (Jay-Z) this time, but Houston rapper Slim Thug's lazy southern drawl suits the fractionally slower tempo."[23] Lamb ranked it at the seventy-first position on its list of the Top 100 Pop Songs 2005.[24] In July 2006, Nick Duerden of Spin magazine ranked the song at the seventh place on his list of "The ten Beyoncé tracks you need to download", writing that "Check on It" is Knowles sexiest song till date.[25] The song nominated in the award category for Best Duet/Collaboration at the 2006 BET Awards.[26] and it also garnered a nomination for the Best Rap/Hip Hop Dance Track at the 22nd Annual International Dance Music Awards in 2007.[27]

Chart performance

"Check on It" debuted at number seventy-two on the US Billboard Hot 100 issue dated November 19, 2005.[8] After twelve weeks on the chart, the single received the airplay gainer title and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 issue dated February 4, 2006, becoming Knowles' third Hot 100 number-one as a solo artist and Slim Thug's first Hot 100 single.[28] That week, "Check on It" was also at the summits of the Hot Digital Songs and the Pop 100 charts.[28] The single remained at number-one for on the Hot 100 chart for five consecutive weeks,[29] making Knowles match Jennifer Lopez' achievement of having her first three number-one Hot 100 singles stay on top for five weeks or more.[30] "Check on It" also tied with Canadian singer Daniel Powter's 2005 single "Bad Day" for the longest-running number-one single in 2006.[31] The single also topped the Pop Songs, the Hot Dance Club Play, the Rhythmic Top 40 charts, and the Hot 100 Airplay charts while reaching number three on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[32] The song was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for having sold over 500,000 digital downloads in the United States.[33] According to Mediabase and Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems, "Check on It" passed the 200 million audience impressions mark in on January 31, 2006.[34] Another single of Knowles, "Irreplaceable" (2006) also passed this mark on December 11, 2006.[34] Knowles became the second female singer to achieve this in the United States after Mariah Carey's two singles "We Belong Together" (2005) and "Shake It Off" (2005) both passed the 200 million audience impression mark within 2005 according to Mediabase.[34] At the end of 2006, "Check on It" emerged as the tenth most successful song on the Hot 100 chart,[35] and fourth most played song on radio stations in the United States.[36]

In the United Kingdom, "Check on It" debuted at number four on January 28, 2006.[37] The following week, it reached its peak at number three and enjoyed twelve weeks of charting in the top seventy-five positions of the UK Singles Chart.[38] In New Zealand, the single first appeared at number thirty-five on January 30, 2006,[39] and reached the summit of the New Zealand Singles Chart on March 13, 2006.[40] It stayed at its peak position for two consecutive weeks.[41] In mainland Europe, "Check on It" reached the top five in Norway and the Netherlands, the top ten in Switzerland, Denmark, and Austria, and the top twenty in Germany and Sweden.[42]

Music video

Knowles dancing in the video for "Check on It" which features a pink background symbolizing the relationship with The Pink Panther.

When demand was growing for the song, Knowles shot a music video serving as promotion for both #1's and The Pink Panther.[3] The video was directed by Hype Williams, and was premiered on December 12, 2005 on MTV. It was shot in 12 hours and featured Knowles in 12 different set-ups and outfits.[3] Hype Williams told Entertainment Weekly: "The concept was to make everything pink to brand the relationship with The Pink Panther. The pink sails reflect the wind instrument sound of the string section."[43] The music video also incorporates 1950s influences.[44] Concerning the music video, Knowles said: "The song is so fun, it makes you feel like a child again and we wanted to put some of that in the choreography and the feel of the video. It's all about checking on yourself and making sure you're moving tight and your man admiring how you move. It's simple."[44] The version of the song used in the music video features a remix of "The Pink Panther Theme" and a verse-rap from Bun B. The video was featured on the DVD of The Pink Panther.[3]

Knowles is shown in mostly all pink, and the dancers wear PVC jackets and dance around rippling satin sheets. The video also features Knowles bending over and grabbing her behind. The video cuts to Knowles wearing a polka dot corset against a hot magenta polka-dotted wall, wearing a pink wig and pink lipstick. Where black bars normally appear on a 4:3 (full screen) television showing a widescreen production, footage is displayed of curtains moving in the background. This was a trend in Williams' videos during that year, with the effect being used in Ne-Yo's "So Sick" and Jamie Foxx's "Unpredictable".[45] "Check on It" won the Best R&B Video at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards for on August 31, 2006.[46] It was also nominated in the award category for Video of the Year at the 2006 BET Awards.[26]

Live performances

Although Knowles did not perform the song in any televised appearances, the song was a part of her set list on The Beyoncé Experience at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and I Am... Tour during various stops including the Odyssey Arena in Northern Ireland, the O2 Arena in London, Athens in Greece, Moscow in Russia, São Paulo in Brazil and Toronto, the largest city in Canada.[47][48] In Los Angeles, Knowles performed segments of the song, dressed in a golden, translucent slip and golden, sparkling panties. It was executed without backup dancers or live instrumentation, only backup singers toward the performance's conclusion.[49] When Knowles performed the song in Sunrise, Florida on June 29, 2009, she was wearing a glittery gold leotard. As she sang, animated graphics of turntables, faders and other club equipment were projected behind Knowles, her dancers and musicians.[50] Consequently, "Check on It" was included as the sixteenth track and the twentieth track on her live albums The Beyoncé Experience Live (2007),[51] and I Am... World Tour (2010) respectively.[52]

Formats and track listing

  • International Remixes EP (feat. Bun B & Slim Thug)[53][54]
  1. "Check On It" – 3:30
  2. "Check On It" (Junior Vasquez Club Mix) – 8:31
  3. "Check On It" (Maurice's Nu Soul Mix) – 5:59
  4. "Check On It" (King Klub Mix) – 6:48
  5. "Check On It" (Bama Boyz Remix) – 3:54
  • Canada and Europe Single (feat. Slim Thug)[55][15]
  1. "Check On It" – 3:31
  2. "Check On It" (No Rap Version) – 3:08
  • US Single (feat. Voltio)[56]
  1. "Check On It" (Bama Boyz Reggaeton Remix) – 3:28
  2. "Check On It" (Bama Boyz Reggaeton Remix Instrumental) – 3:28

Personnel

Credits for the song, adapted from Allmusic[1]

Additionally, the remixes also credit the following people:

Charts and certifications

Weekly charts

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 75)[42] 10
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[42] 9
Belgium (Ultratop 40 Wallonia)[42] 31
Canadian Hot 100[32] 5
Czech Republic (IFPI)[57] 7
Denmark (Tracklisten)[58] 8
European Hot 100 Singles[59] 8
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[42] 6
France (SNEP)[42] 32
Germany (Media Control AG)[60] 11
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[61] 3
Ireland (IRMA)[62] 2
Japan (Oricon Style)[63] 45
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[42] 3
New Zealand (RIANZ)[42] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[42] 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[42] 11
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[42] 7
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[64] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[65] 1
US Pop Songs (Billboard)[66] 1
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[67] 3
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[68] 1
US Pop 100[69] 1

Year-end charts

Chart (2006) Position
Austria Top 75 Singles[70] 52
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[71] 46
Hungarian Airplay Chart[72] 18
Swiss Singles Chart[73] 45
UK Singles Chart[74] 53
US Billboard Hot 100[36] 10
US Hot Dance Club Play Songs[75] 3
US Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs[76] 19
US Hot 100 Airplay[35] 4
US Pop 100[77] 9
US Rhythmic Songs[78] 14

Decade-end charts

End of decade chart (2000–09) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[79] 88
US Pop Songs[80] 41

Certifications

Country Provider Certifications
Canada CRIA Gold[81]
2× Platinum (MT)[81]
United States RIAA Gold[33]
Platinum (MT)[82]

Release history

Purchasable release

Release dates, record label and format details
Country Date Format Label
United States[2][12][53][14] December 13, 2005 Digital download Columbia Records
January 31, 2006 Dance Remixes
February 21, 2006 Digital EP
February 28, 2006 CD Single
Canada[83][55][84] January 31, 2006 Dance Remixes
February 6, 2006 CD Single
February 7, 2006 Digital EP
United Kingdom[11][85][54][13] January 31, 2006 Dance Remixes
February 7, 2006 Digital download
February 21, 2006 Digital EP
February 28, 2006 CD Single
Europe[15][16] February 6, 2006 CD Single
February 7, 2006 Digital download

See also

  • List of number-one singles from the 2000s (New Zealand)
  • List of Hot 100 number-one singles of 2006 (U.S.)

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