The song's thunderous beat was supplied by the hitmaker Timbaland. "I basically just hit Tim up one night," Pusha T explained on Genius
. "I work out of his studio in Virginia. He's never there, and he literally lets me record whatever I want to record for free. So we've always had a rapport, simply on that note - he never owed me no music, or no beats. But I just asked him, like 'Yo. What's up man, I need some heat.'"