A$AP Ferg grew up on 143rd between Broadway and Amsterdam in Hamilton Heights, which is located in New York City's Harlem neighborhood. Hungry Ham is the nickname given to the Hamilton Heights area as everyone living there is hungry to get off the block. Ferg raps here about seeing his family members smoke crack, and other difficult experiences he endured in his early years living on this particular block.
The song was produced by Skrillex. It is the Los Angeles EDM musician's latest collaboration with the A$AP Mob, having previously produced A$AP Rocky's "Wild For The Night" in 2013.
Guyanese-American singer Crystal Caines supplies guest vocals. She previously collaborated with the rapper on his 2014 mixtape, Ferg Forever, appearing as a featured guest and producing several of the tracks.
Carla Thomas became the first woman to achieve a Top 10 hit on the Hot 100 with a song she wrote herself when "Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)" reached the chart's top tier in 1961. Thomas was just 16-years-old when she penned it.