The "Beating my drum like, dum di di day..." section comes courtesy of Bebe Rexha, who wrote it and provided the vocals. The Staten Island native previously featured on EDM group Cash Cash's 2013 hit single "Take Me Home
" and developed a reputation as a song "fixer" - someone who could add the missing piece. Guetta asked her to come by the studio to see what she could do with this track, and in minutes she came up with the hook. Rexha didn't think much of it, but the song became a big hit.
Just one problem: she wasn't credited as a featured artist on the song along with Minaj and Afrojack (she was officially featured on another Listen
cut "Yesterday"). Rexha was told that adding her name would make it bloated, but when it became clear that listeners were mistaking her vocals for Minaj's, she lobbied for feature status and got it.
When word got out about her work on "Hey Mama," it impelled her career as both a songwriter and singer. Soon after, she worked on G-Eazy's "Me, Myself & I
" and Iggy Azalea's "Team