The song was produced by Cassius Jay. The beatmaker told Billboard
that he originally thought his instrumentation was going to end up on Migos' CULTURE II
album. Cassius Jay explained:
"One of my close friends Nonstop Da Hitman brought a beat over. I said, 'We should just strip that whole session, delete all you created, and let's start over, because I love the drum sounds in the kit.' Me and him started vibing. My roots are from Zaytoven, I learned everything from Zaytoven. When you hear those flutes, that's a melody I thought of that I knew Zay would do, and I knew it would be a hit. I came up with that melody, and we created the drums around it.
I sent it to Offset, and as soon as I sent it to Offset, he sent it right back with the concept and the hook and his verse. At first he thought it was going on CULTURE II
, because we did some songs on CULTURE II
but it didn't get placed. He called me and said, 'hold it, I'm going to put it on Cardi's album.' Soon as she jumped on it, I knew what time it was. I knew it was going to be a miracle. There wasn't too much to say, it was already a hit. All they wanted was my approval, and my approval was 'yes.'
When I first heard Cardi B's verse, she was just going crazy. I don't think she even knew how crazy she was going. But when I first heard it, I was speechless."