Drake wrote the song at his house while playing the video game NBA 2K with Murda Beatz. They decided to sample a female artist, and went with Lauryn Hill's "Ex-Factor," a track from her Grammy-gobbling album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Murda Beatz recalled in a Rap Radar
podcast: "We picked the part, chopped it up, I made the beat while he was playing 2K."
Once Drake heard the beat, he paused his video gaming to start writing the song. "He sat there, wrote the s--t in front of me, cut the s--t in front of me," the producer said. "We got the s--t done, beat and song, probably in like an hour and a half. And then he finished up the second verse later on."