After working on Special
for several months, Blake Slatkin thought they'd finished. But when the producer got a call saying they needed one more song, he and Ricky Reed went back into the studio.
Slatkin barely plays the piano, but started tinkling the ivories trying to come up with something. When Reed heard the chords he added a baseline, then they FaceTimed Lizzo.
After playing their idea to her, Lizzo told the producers she'd be in the studio in 10 minutes. The singer came up with the hook and all the melodies, but from there it took about 30 sessions and many iterations to get to the final song. "What's so amazing to me about Lizzo's process is she knows exactly when something's right, and we're just going to work until we get it there," Slatkin told Billboard
. "I'll never forget the day we started the track, and I'll never forget the day when Lizzo first sang, 'In a minute, I'ma need a…,' on the second verse. I ran around the studio screaming."