Minaj started working on the song in early 2017 (late February - early March) during Paris Fashion, the same time Minaj laid down the three-pack ("No Frauds
," "Changed It" and "Regret in Your Tears
"). It is the oldest track on Queens
. Minaj's recording engineer, Aubry "Big Juice" Delaine, recalled the story of the song to Rolling Stone
"I remember somebody had already sent her that beat [for 'Hard White'] and she was just doing ideas to it. She came back to it later, then we were in New York, so maybe December or January she finished it. But we had that beat the longest."