Swizz Beatz, whose résumé includes "Ring the Alarm
" and "Check On It
" for Beyoncé, told MTV News that the process on the song started when he got a call from Clive Davis and record executive Larry Jackson. They said that they were working with Whitney and asked the songwriter/producer what material he had. Swizz explained: "I went to the office and vibed with Larry. I was like, 'She really sounds good. She's on her A-game.'"
Swizz added: "At the time I was working on some stuff with Alicia. I was like, 'We need to bring Whitney back. We need to do some stuff to support Whitney.' Then Alicia was like, 'I love Whitney, she's an icon. I would love to be a part of that.' I started vibing on different things. I didn't want to come with anything that would make her sound too old or too young. That's when I got the vibe to do something that had, like, a disco feel, but still with the hard drums on it - still musical but moving. I wanted to do something that was instant when it came on."
"Then I played the idea for Alicia to make sure I wasn't bugging out,2 he continued. "'Am I going too far with this?' She was like, 'Nah. That can be a big smash.'"
The duo then sat down and came up with lyrics. Swizz explained that the song "is all about the feelings new love can bring."