Beyoncé Will Remove Ableist Lyric From ‘Renaissance’ Track

Taking a cue from Lizzo, Beyoncé will remove offensive word “spaz” from Renaissance track “Heated” after ableist backlash.

One “Heated” lyric left Beyoncé fans offended after the July 29 release of her seventh album Renaissance. On 11th track “Heated,” while rapping in Jamaican patois, Bey included the word “spaz” during a verse where she rhymes “Spazzin’ on that ass, spazz on that ass.” Along with Bey, “Heated” was produced by Boi-1da, Jahaan Sweet, Neenyo and Sevn Thomas. Following the album’s release, some Renaissance listeners took to social media with their thoughts on “Heated.”

The ableist word “spaz,” short for ‘spastic,” refers to spastic diplegia, a condition that affects motor control in the arms and legs and occasionally associated with mild brain damage.

Since the “Heated” outrage, the singer’s team has confirmed that the lyric will be removed.

“The word, not used intentionally in a harmful way, will be replaced,” a statement from Beyoncé’s team reads. “The road to success is always under construction.”

Like Bey, in June, Special artist Lizzo changed the lyric to her song “Grrrls” which also contained the word ‘spaz.’

“Let’s make one thing clear: I never want to promote derogatory language,” Lizzo wrote on social media during her lyric change announcement. “As a fat black woman in America, I’ve had many hateful words used against me so I understand the power words can have (whether intentionally or in my case unintentionally). I’m proud to say there’s a new version of GRRRLS with a lyric change.”

Jaelani Turner-Williams

Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with bylines at Billboard, MTV News, NYLON, Recording Academy and more. Read her mind on Twitter at @hernameisjae.

Published by
Jaelani Turner-Williams

Recent Posts

Memphis Police Releases Bodycam Footage of Deadly Tyre Nichols Beating

The city of Memphis has released four videos showing the beating that killed Tyre Nichols… Read More

January 27, 2023

Best Songs of The Week: ft. Kari Faux, Lil Yachty and More

The Round-Up is Okayplayer’s weekly playlist of the best songs in the worlds of hip-hop… Read More

January 27, 2023

‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Family Guy’ and ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Gets Extension for Two Additional Seasons

Fox has given two-season renewals to animated favorites The Simpsons, Family Guy and Bob's Burgers… Read More

January 27, 2023

Consequence Says He’s ‘Disgusted’ With Pusha T Cutting Ties With Kanye West

In an interview with The Art of Dialogue, longtime G.O.O.D. Music act Consequence accused Pusha… Read More

January 27, 2023

A Book On Erykah Badu Album ‘New Amerykah Part Two’ Is Coming in 2024

Written by Karmeryn Alexa Carter, a book on 2020 Erykah Badu album New Amerykah Part Two… Read More

January 27, 2023

7 New Hip-Hop & Neo-Soul Albums You Should Be Listening To (Week of January 27)

Styles P and Lil Yachty have dropped projects on this New Music Friday. Additional releases… Read More

January 27, 2023