This song finds Pusha making a ferocious claim to the rap throne. The beat was initially credited to the actor Joaquin Phoenix along with My Name Is My Name executive producer, Kanye West. A few days after the publication of the tracklisting, Phoenix explained that it was actually his friend, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich's son who made the beat, and all he did was pass it along to Kanye West"s camp.
Joaquin Phoenix received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his portrayal of Johnny Cash in the 2005 movie, Walk The Line. The actor unexpectedly announced in late 2008 that he had retired from thespian pursuits to pursue a rapping career. A couple of years later Phoenix appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and revealed that his "retirement" announcement was for a mockumentary, I'm Still Here (2010), which he and Casey Affleck were filming.
"The Way" by Fastball was inspired by the story of an elderly couple from Texas who drove to a nearby family reunion and kept going. Fastball's bass player imagined them taking off and having fun like they were young. The story didn't end well: the couple was later found dead after they crashed in a canyon.
Ronnie Van Zant wrote the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic "Gimme Three Steps" after making the mistake of dancing with a girl whose boyfriend was in the bar and probably had a gun. He asked for a 3-step head start.