This song is about artists succeeding on their own in the music industry and not failing (or slipping). Busta Rhymes takes the first verse in which he claims the rap crown before B.o.B reflects on his pre-fame days in the second verse. Chance the Rapper serves up the outro.
Speaking with DJ Semtex on BBC Radio 1Xtra, Chance the Rapper said Ludacris almost ended up on the track as well. "We would take records and start working on them in the same process that we first started the writing collective to do, which was make songs feel like a certain person and feel like a certain emotion, and then figuring out people that either matched emotion in our heads or sounded sonically like they matched up with the record," he said. "From the moment that we made 'Slip Slide,' we knew that we needed Ludacris and Busta Rhymes. That was the instant idea behind 'Slip Slide.'"
The Prince-penned "Manic Monday" was the first song The Bangles heard coming from a car radio, but "Eternal Flame" is closest to Susanna's heart, perhaps because she sang it in "various states of undress."