commented to Eminem that his voice "sounded very intimate and very clear" on the track. He responded:
"I think one of the things that makes the vocals come out so clear is it's a pretty bare track. It's just piano, really, and Skylar sent me that and I thought it was like... The chorus, as soon as I heard it, I felt like this is exactly what I'm feeling right now, so that was one of the things about it that struck me.
We had debated on should we put a beat in there? Should we put drums in there? After I recorded it, I played it for Rick [Rubin] and then we had discussed it. We were both like, 'Nah, we should just leave it like this so you can understand, hear everything and maybe hopefully get it the first time you hear it.'"