This track features contributions from Cudi's friend and frequent collaborator King Chip and Harlem MC A$AP Rocky. Cudi made the decision to go with a minimal hook and let Rocky dominate the track. "I felt like that was a perfect beat for A$AP to get on there and speak some truths and talk to the younger generation, because he's in a place where a lot of kids are up to him and Kendrick," the Indicud MC told MTV News. "I just wanted to hear him say something a little bit more thoughtful, and he did that - he showed up. I was blown away by his craftsmanship, his professionalism and his overall mojo."
Angus Young created the distinctive opening guitar part for "Thuderstruck" by playing with all the strings taped up, except the B. He learned the studio trick from his older brother George Young, who was the rhythm guitarist for The Easybeats.