This sultry cut is about a girl whom the song's narrator yearns for like an addict craves for drugs. Timberlake debuted the song at a Super Bowl charity gig on February 2, 2013. A week later he performed it again at the Grammy Award ceremony during the singer's first Grammy performance since 2007.
The song's string introduction was performed by The Benjamin Wright Orchestra at EastWest Studios in Los Angeles, California.
According to Rolling Stone, the song is "an ode to the intoxicating effects of love and sex." It goes through several different styles during its eight-minute duration with Timberlake comparing his lover on the rapped outro to heroin, cocaine, plum wine, MDMA and nicotine.
This won the 2013 Grammy Award for Best R&B Song. Timberlake also won Best Video for "Suit & Tie" and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for Jay-Z's "Holy Grail" at the same event.