In 1999 Lenny Kravitz and Michael Jackson spent some time working together at the legendary Marvin's Room Studio. Their collaboration produced "(I Can't Make It) Another Day," which was included on Jackson's first posthumous album, Michael.
After Kravitz came up with this tune, he remembered there were still some Jacko vocals from their studio time together kicking around, and he incorporated them on this song.
"A lot of people say, 'Oh, you're doing that Michael Jackson impersonation,'" Kravitz told The Guardian. "No, that's him. He's the person who made it happen for me. He loved working together. He asked me to push him. I did."
The video was directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino, who also did Madonna's "Justify My Love" (Kravitz co-wrote that song). The "Low" video shows Kravitz at the drums as the camera pans around him. In some shots, he gets swapped out for a female drummer.
It was Mondino who came up with video's concept. Kravitz told Billboard that the director visited him at his Paris house and listened to "Low" around 10 times in a row. He kept honing in on the beat and told the singer, "I just want to see you play the drums, and that's it. Just drums, in a black room, a black drum set and you are wearing black."
Then he suggested having a female counterpart and the dialogue. Kravitz loved the idea.
"Low" became Kravitz's first #1 as an artist on Billboard's Dance Club Songs, thanks to remixes by the likes of David Guetta, Tom Stephan and Junior Black. He'd previously topped the chart as a producer and writer on Madonna's 1991 hit "Justify My Love."