When Furtado hooked up with Rodney Jerkins, the Candian songstress didn't realize he had been involved with much of the music she listened to as a young teenager. "I was completely immersed in the world of hip hop and R&B from watching Pump It Up
with Dee Barnes to buying Word Up!
Magazine and plastering my walls with pictures of everybody like De La Soul, Bell Biv Devoe, and Salt-n-Pepa," she recalled to Artist Direct
. "'Big Hoops' is an ode to that time in my life. I was around 14-years-old writing rhymes in my bedroom. I'd meet up with my friends in front of the wall and wear my big sister's hooped earrings. I felt like I was totally famous—although obviously I wasn't yet [Laughs]. When I was recording and writing the song, I went into that state of mind. Rodney had this nasty beat of course, and we let ourselves get carried away. A lot of times, that's what happens in the studio when you make something you feel excited about. It usually involves transporting yourself to another time. A couple days later, I walked the hallways and realized Rodney had been involved with some of the bands I'd referenced."