During an episode of the Rap Radar
podcast, 9th Wonder revealed he'd originally given Kendrick 20 beats and he thought three of them were going to be used for three different Damn
songs when TDE label executive Dave Free asked him for sample information about the tracks. However, it turned out the trio of instrumentations were stitched together to soundtrack this street tale. He recalled:
"I played 20 beats for him and he like, 'I'm just going to live with these.' In June of 2016, he sent me a nine-second snippet of him pointing his camera at the computer. He played one of the beat switches and I texted him back, 'What's that!' He lol'd and I didn't hear from him for six months. TD Dave hit me like, 'Hey man, I need the samples for these two songs.' I'm thinking, 'Oh, I got two beats that made it.' Then he hit me back and said, 'There's a third beat I need a sample information for' and I was like, 'Okay, I got three.' Then he called me back and I said, 'Let me ask you a question, [do] I got three joints on there?' He like, 'Nah, it's one song.' I said, 'What?' He's like, 'Yeah man, it's the greatest story Kendrick has ever told.'"