Drake explained the collaboration to MTV News; " 'Light Up' really came from, Jay had a busy year, obviously, with The Blueprint 3
and the success of that and the tour. So we didn't do it in the same room. But me and Jay have a lot of great conversations, man. So it would never just be like, 'I'm gonna send you something, and we're not gonna talk about it, and you send it back. We really talked about it.
And Jay's joint on the album is so important on the album, because it's another turning point. Whereas "Over
" is a turning point for me, 'Light Up,' I think it's one of my favorite Jay verses. Jay not only gave me a great verse, but a life lesson. And I think he's gonna give everybody a life lesson just about this business. It's incredible."