Boi-1da created the beat from a sample sent by producer Nick Brongers, who's known for his cinematic arrangements.
"Once I heard that part right there, I was like, 'Yeah, that sounds like magic to me,'" Boi-1da told Genius
, describing Brongers' sample. "It sounds like you're on a yacht or something, sailing, over a luxurious dinner."
The producer then fleshed the beat out with drums, with the intention of keeping the instrumentation simple in order to keep Drake's rapping prominent.
"I basically arranged the beat for the sample to drop first," he explained. "Then the drums come in, and then near the end of the beat, the bassline comes in after. Just to always be climatic, and something always has to happen. I learned that from being in a lot of beat battles. You just have to give people climactic moments of beats. Every four bars I try to add something new or take something out. As simple as it is, it works and it was very effective."