This troubled plea to a long-lost loved one continues a thread that Williams begun in "Are You Alright?" from her 2007 album West. She told American Songwriter, "I wrote yet another song for my brother, prodigal brother." The two haven't spoken since their mother's death in 2004.
The bedrock of David Guetta's Nicki Minaj-featuring single "Hey Mama" is a sample of "Rosie," a 1940s prison recording from folk archivist Alan Lomax that songwriter Esther Dean first showed the French DJ on YouTube.