Ocean sings on this jazz-inflected tune of the adverse effects of drugs, as he recounts the tale of a friend who gets hooked on crack and looses everything. The New Orleans native goes on to criticize the government for ignoring the soaring rate of crack-related deaths. "Don't no one hear the sound of another one hitting the ground," he croons.
When he was young, Ocean would accompany his former drug addict grandfather to 12-step meetings, where he observed him acting as a mentor for other addicts. "It totally ingrained this fear of addiction and of anything that could cause me to be addicted," he told The New York Times.
The song samples the drum pattern from the Jimi Hendrix track, "Little Miss Lover."
Ocean sings this song with a hint of fractured breathiness, which his sound engineer tried to iron out. "He said, 'Are we really going to let this slide?,'" recalled Ocean to The Guardian. "And I was like, 'Yes, because that's how a smoker would sing.'"