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Album: Last Train to Paris (2010)
Charted: 22 27

Songfacts®:

  • This is the third single from American rapper Diddy's sixth studio album, Last Train to Paris, which he recorded with his group Dirty Money. Diddy debuted the song with the Dirty Money duo Dawn Richard and Kalenna for the first time on the ninth season of American Idol.
  • Rico Love co-penned this tune, and the R&B singer-songwriter has more songs on Last Train to Paris. His previous writing credits include Beyoncé's "Sweet Dreams" and Usher's "Hey Daddy (Daddy's Home)." "I usually come in the studio and hear the beat," Rico said of his songwriting process to MTV News. "I don't write anything down. Even when I MC, I don't write any lyrics down. I go in the booth and sing the song how I think the artists should sound. It takes only like 10, 15 minutes, sometimes less than that. It's usually the first idea I have that comes out being the record. I don't try to over-think it. I feel music should be fun. It shouldn't be a math problem. You wanna make sure it's natural, organic."
  • The official remix features rappers Rick Ross & Nicki Minaj, and the second official remix features Ross again, this time with T.I.
  • The song's music video, directed by Hype Williams, uses the second official remix version and Rick Ross and T.I. appear in the clip along with Swizz Beatz.
  • This was the first time that Rico Love had worked with Diddy and he was struggling to come up with anything that met the rap mogul's approval. "I really looked up to Diddy and when we went in the studio he had me stuck in that studio for 12 hours. Everything I did, he didn't like," Love recalled to Billboard magazine. "He heard all these things about Rico Love, how Rico Love is this illest and is about to be the next dude in the game, but he wasn't impressed with anything I was doing. At the end of the night he told me, 'Just go home man. Maybe this time we couldn't get it, but next time.'"

    However Love was determined to stay at the studio until he'd penned a hit for Diddy. He decided to dip into some beats that Danja had sent him and eventually penned this song at four in the morning right before he caught a flight. "He played it back 10 times and said, "I like this one," recalled Love. "I just remember being so focused and determined on giving him a hit record because he's somebody I've idolized my whole life. I wasn't going to go home because he said to go home. I was going to stay and give him a hit record."

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