Dave did a lot of research for the lyrics, including talking with a Ghanaian friend who'd been tracing his family tree. He based it on his own experience of being a black man of Nigerian heritage growing up in south London.
"It's a good representation of what I associate with and everything that I think, but I don't think that it's universal for the whole black experience, because there's too many different races and dynamics within the race of black," he told The Guardian
. "For a black person who's Senegalese, growing up in France, or a New York Jamaican, that's a completely different relationship with being black and how you might be accepted in that culture or that world. Everyone's experience is different. Especially black women and black men."