In the 1986 Janet Jackson song "What Have You Done For Me Lately
," she bashes her man, who seems to be taking her for granted. The track touched a nerve for Rakim, who wrote an answer song about it that morphed into "Eric B. Is President."
"She was comin' on like she's a goddess from above and that got me real upset," he told NME
. "Every time I heard it, I'd get real mad. I did not appreciate that one little bit. Answer records were gettin' kinda old and corny so we trimmed it down to that line 'You thought I was a doughnut, you tried to glaze me' - kinda sums up that girl's bad attitude. It could have been a big answer record but they're out of style. That's like wearin' suede Lees - you can't go out dressed like that."