The piano serves as the lynchpin for J. White's beat. "I love just intense-sounding sounds, so this piano is what I started with," he recalled to Genius
. "This is suspense. Like, I'm coming. It feels like some shark in the water. That piano just… it sets the tone for the mood."
From there, White added handclaps, hi-hats and the all-important 808 pattern. "I feel like the 808 is the heart and soul of every hip-hop record," he explained. "I space my 808s out because I just don't feel like riding in my car and hearing 'boom boom boom' the whole time. I want the song to breathe, and I feel like as producers, we have to learn that the voice is the main instrument."