Badu started writing her New Amerykah series in the mid 2000s and recorded this track, which was co-produced by her late friend J Dilla, on September 19, 2007. She explained in a pre-release listening session that she remembers the date as it's the birthday of her long-time boyfriend and the father of her third child, Mars Merkaba, Jay Electronica.
The song contains a portion of the early '70s funk number "Take Me" by Fabulous Souls.
Ronnie Van Zant wrote the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic "Gimme Three Steps" after making the mistake of dancing with a girl whose boyfriend was in the bar and probably had a gun. He asked for a 3-step head start.