Monáe explained how this song came about when she spoke with Red Bull Music Academy
in 2018. "It was just us giving a release to so many people, including ourselves," she said. "We needed to say that personally. We just felt like, 'How can we contribute?' We knew people were doing a lot of marches. There were people who were really out on the front lines, and I was not out there as much as some of the families and friends of these people were. We just thought, 'This song is a vessel. This is a tool for you. Use it. Say your loved ones name. This is how I want to contribute. When you want to give up, when you get tired, put this on, take it with you, speak it, and let it be therapy.' Let's honor them. Let's never forget them."