Minaj told Artist Direct
that the song came from producer J.R. Rotem. "On the first album, I did 'Fly
' with Rihanna," she recalled, "and he produced that as well. He hit me up and he said, 'I have a song that I think only an icon can sing.' I was like, 'Oh J.R., shut up!' [Laughs] We laughed a little bit on iChat. He sent it, and I fell in love with the song."