Bronx-raised Puerto Rican bandleader Pete Rodriguez witnessed the explosion of boogaloo, a fusion of R&B and soul with Latin rhythms, on the streets of the New York City borough in the '50s. His band opened for more prominent Latin groups until they came up with the boogaloo dance classic "I Like It Like That." They were opening for Eddie Palmieri when they were approached by booking agents to write a radio spot introducing the boogaloo dance style to listeners.
Written by Manny Rodriguez and the orchestra's trumpeter/composer/vocalist Tony Pabon, the anthem came together in a studio jam session. Pete Rodriguez told DNA Info
: "We just got in the studio, and we were just goofing around, and I came up with the intro, and somebody else came in and said 'Let's do this' and 'Let's do that,' and finally we got the whole thing. But it was a combined effort by everybody."