This song finds Fiasco taking aim at hyper-regulated, repetitive radio and asking why it doesn't play real music anymore. Fiasco is speaking of the stations that are controlled by big corporations and tend to stick to a strict format with little variation in their playlists and hardly any local identity. This has been a common complaint among musicians of all genres ever since radio stations began consolidating in the '90s.
The song features multi-instrumentalist Matt Mahaffey. The Tennessee-bred, Los Angeles-based artist has produced and/or performed with a number of popular artists including Beck, Beyoncé and Pink. He also composed the bluegrass style jingle for on-line travel site Expedia.com.
"Abracadabra" was inspired by Diana Ross and The Supremes. Steve Miller first met the girl group when they performed together on NBC's Hullabaloo in 1966, and he wrote the lyrics after spotting Diana Ross skiing in the mountains years later.