The-Dream was a major contributor to Basic Instinct
. Ciara discussed with The Boombox
how the R&B hitmaker's input gave her a renewed vision for making music: "The beauty of music is that it allows you to express yourself and paint a picture. I've really approached things differently than I did with a lot of my records. I let Dream also be a part of laying my foundation and I 'm not afraid to say that because anybody will tell you that the way that I've written my records over the years is definitely different than the way that I've approached these records. I wanted fresh energy and having Tricky and Dream, and Dream in particular, allowed some of the lyrics to be a little bit different than in my past. So he may make a story from something that I'm going through, [some of the music] was definitely [from] some personal experiences, some things that happen around me... things that inspire me. I get inspired from many different places. It just depends on the day."