Gary Clark Jr.'s infant son, Zion, was born while he was in the middle of recording The Story of Sonny Boy Slim. The birth of his first child influenced Clark's writing for the album, including this song about the overlapping stressors of capitalism and racism, which depict a parent trying to shield their offspring from deep-seated prejudice towards, different ethnic groups.
Baby Zion can be heard babbling over the song's intro.
The birth of his first child influenced the titling of the album, which comes from two of Clark's family nicknames. "I started to think about where I came from and about my parents," he told The Guardian. "I started thinking about what the hell I'm doing out here playing music. If there's a way to make a living, then I have to make the most of it, because it's not just about me anymore."