This song is a tribute to Kobe Bryant, the Lakers' star who died in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020. His nickname was "Black Mamba" (a Kill Bill
reference) and he called his mindset the "Mamba Mentality."
Jevon Alexander was working on a beat when he found out Bryant had died. "I was in my basement pacing back and forth calling everybody, watching the news," he said on the Songfacts Podcast
. "I was sitting there looking at what everyone was posting about him and I cried. When this happened I had finished the beat I was working on and thought that I wanted to write something about him. Not in an RIP Kobe way, but just something about him. I sat there and said 'mamba mentality' out loud so many times and it stuck.
I got done with the hook and was like, 'I need to record this at the studio tomorrow so I can release it on all sharing platforms as early as possible.' At 2 a.m. I had the first verse and the hook done. I was thinking I'm gonna go to bed, and as I was closing my laptop the thought came into my head, what would Kobe do
? So I finished it off, and it came out eight days later."