In his first Hot 100 chart entry as a solo artist, Babyface is guilty of love and that's no crime. He told Billboard how the song came together: "Usually when I start writing something, I hum words that aren't even words - maybe it sounded like 'It's No Crime' at the time. It was really different because it was something for my album and it wasn't something I would normally do."
Babyface wrote this with his songwriting and producing partner Antonio "L.A." Reid, along with frequent collaborator Daryl Simmons. Reid recalled: "The thing I remember about 'It's No Crime' was the industrial-sounding beat that we started with. That's how the song was creatively driven. I remember it translating into the video - we started doing the video in an industrial environment. For some reason when I think if 'It's No Crime,' the first thing that comes to mind is industrial noise."
Babyface's former Deele bandmate Kevin "Kayo" Roberson played bass guitar and bass synth.
David Bowie's "Space Oddity" tells the story of an astronaut who cuts off communication and floats into space. The BBC used it extensively in their coverage of the 1969 moon landing - an odd choice considering the lyrics.