This song deals with Game's rise from a poor kid in the Compton streets to a rap star. The track features California-based rapper Ab-Soul.
The North Carolina hip-hop artist J Cole had previously released three 'Dollar and a Dream' tracks (the first two on his earlier mixtapes, The Come Up and The Warm Up, the third on his 2011 Cole World: The Sideline Story album). Game was asked during a Reddit Q&A why he didn't get Cole to jump on this cut? He replied: "It was either Soul or Cole and I went with the west coast ni--a for obvious reasons."
Game spits a reference to Lupe Fiasco:
I stayed the same Ain't go weird like Lupe
Fiasco responded on Twitter with a link to Radiohead's "Creep," which features the lyric: "I'm a weirdo."
Until December 5, 1998, a song had to be issued as a single to make the Hot 100. Aaliyah's "Try Again" was the first tune to top the chart based on airplay alone, without any sales figures being included.