Raised in a broken home in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Logic lived with an abusive mother and drug-dealing siblings. His drug-addicted father was not a major part of his childhood, but they are in contact with each other now. This track finds him examining his relationships with his troubled family, and how they impacted his budding rap career.
The song is the title track of Logic's debut long player. Speaking with Revolt TV, the rapper explained it "encompasses the entire album, it embodies what everything leads up to, it's the final shootout in the movie before you roll the credits."
Logic first met Lenny outside of one of the rapper's first performances in Maryland. They became friends and the Gaithersburg MC ended up crashing on the couch in the basement of Lenny's family home as he struggled to pursue his music career. "There was a point where I didn't have a place to stay, so Lenny let me live with him because I didn't have anywhere else to go," Logic explained to MTV News.
This was where Logic got the inspiration for his Under Pressure album cover. The rapper reached out to New York-based illustrator Sam Spratt to capture the scene. "I gave him different pictures of what it looked like… and then from there he pretty much outlined everything," he said. "I think I knew after I created 'Under Pressure,' the song, that gave me the idea for the album cover. Because the entire album is about the come-up and [much] of it does take place in the basement as well, and that time."