Rhymes told HipHop.com
the story of this song: "This record was originally written with Mary J Blige in mind, because I wrote the song thankin' Mary for makin' the decision to be my friend when I was goin' through a time o' crisis. I wrote the song to thank her, and sent her the record to get on it. She heard the record, loved it, got on it. I loved it so much I played it to everyone. Then I went to a cookout at Jamie Foxx's crib in LA, he loved it, so he got on it. 'Cos o my West Indian dialect, when I did 'Kill Dem
' Kill Them, Pharrell produced a record on John Legend's album that got Buju [Banton] on it, but I eventually spit on it too. Pharrell invited me to John Legend's session, and he wanted me to do the patois thing. And when I got there, I played the record for John Legend, and he ended up on it! So now the record was Busta Rhymes featuring Mary J Blige, Jamie Foxx and John Legend. Derek Dudley, who's Common's manager, ended up hearin' about the song, so then Common ended up on the record. It doesn't matter what f---in' album you're gonna buy this year, you're not gonna get that on anyone else's album. If you walk to the end of the earth to find this on someone else's project, you're not gonna get it. This record is based on the concept of us all bein' in situations where we needed friends, and those friends are always there when things are sexy and good, but when it's crisis and hard, are they still around? Those few who stick around are the ones you choose to keep around. That's my motherf---in' Grammy! Mark my word on this day: if I get an opportunity to perform it at the Grammys, I'll get John Legend at a piano, Stevie Wonder at a piano, fit them together like a puzzle. No band. Four stools. Busta Rhymes, Jamie Foxx, Mary and Common. When the person is singin' their lyric, the spotlight is on them, everyone else is in the dark, and when we get to the end of the song you see the church choir. There's raindrops fallin'. There's a standin' ovation, everybody's cryin' but they happy. This song just means so much to me - there's no dirty version, this is the only version. I don't use profane language, the N word, nothing. I didn't even do that consciously, it just happened - I didn't realise until after the fact. The beauty of the content allowed it to come together in that way. And what I love about it is you don't even miss it. The object of the whole s--t I'm tryin' to do is about feelin' good and feelin' right. What feels right doesn't have to incorporate the ingredients we usually think it has to. The truth always feels good, even if it's brutal."