We hear at the beginning of this song a sample from the documentary Backstage, which chronicled the 1999 Hard Knock Life tour and featured live performances by several members of Def Jam's roster. Cole explained to Billboard magazine: "It's a Jay-Z sample. It's [from] the movie Backstage, where he's like, 'Somebody right now's eating a bowl of Apple Jacks.' He was speaking while he was out there on tour, becoming the hottest rapper in the game. There was somebody right now that was just working on their raps, eating Apple Jacks and coming for his spot. And he was like, 'I'm gonna find 'em though, I'm gonna sign 'em, I don't want no problems.'"
The song contains a sample of "Arise, Shine" by Greg Dykes and The Synanon Choir from their 1969 rock jazz cantata, The Prince of Peace.
The phrase "Rise and shine" meaning "get out of bed" is commonly preceded by "wakey, wakey." It was originally a military command at the start of the 20th century and alludes to the rising of the sun.
Jay-Z's 2012 "Glory" features his daughter Blue Ivy Carter's cries and coos. At less than two days old, she became the youngest ever credited artist to feature on a Billboard chart when the song debuted on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at #74.
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.