Vinylz previously co-produced Drake's "5AM In Toronto
" and "0 to 100
." He also crafted "A Tale of 2 Citiez
" for Cole's Forest Hills Drive
album. The New York producer was introduced to Cole after the North Carolina rapper heard his work during a session with Jeremih. "J. Cole reached out to me, and said, 'Man, I love your sound, I would love to sit and build with you. I don't really mess with too many producers, but I really like your sound and it'd be an honor for me to sit with you and work,'" Vinylz told MTV News.
"'Fire Squad' was the first record we worked on," he added. "He started the beat, so I went to his crib in L.A. where he had a studio built in, and he played me that record."
"It was a skeleton basically, and he said, 'I'd love for you to work on this beat,' so we got right to it, changed it up and then he just started rapping right there," Vinylz continued. "I only heard the first verse and the lyrical content was already crazy."