The song was written by Keith Crouch and Kipper Jones, and produced by Crouch. In a Songfacts interview with Jones
, he explained how it came together: "I'm writing with a few different people around town, still living in Los Angeles, and one of the people I was writing with is my dear friend Keith Crouch. I went by his apartment this one particular day, and this track he was playing, I was just, 'Oh my God, that is mesmerizing. What is that?'
He says, 'I don't know man, just something I'm working on.' So I went and got my book and came back in and came up with the line, 'I wanna be down.' So, Keith, his brother Kenneth, the soul legend Rahsaan Patterson, and a bottle of Hennessy were just traipsing around the room singing 'I wanna be down... with what you're going through.'
We were like, 'Yeah, that's great.' I said, 'I'm going to step in the other room and try to write some verses right quick.' I went in the other room and came up with, 'I would like to get to know if I could be...'
I just wrote one verse, went in, put the verse down, and Keith just stopped the recorder and we all looked at each other like, 'This is special.' It was a really dramatic pause, like, I think we got something