The lead single for R Kelly's Black Panties album finds him singing about his less-than-fortunate beginnings and his rags-to-riches rise. Robert Sylvester Kelly was raised on the South Side of Chicago in a single parent home and the R&B singer details here how he went from being broke to sleeping in Versace shirts:
"20 years What's that like five careers? I'm just nappy-headed nigga from the Chi I ain't even supposed to be here"
"This is #MyStory.. and I'm sticking to it," said Kelly when announcing the single release.
Rapper 2 Chainz contributes a few profane off-topic bars as well as a reference to boat trips. (B.O.A.T.S. is an acronym used to refer to 2 Chainz's debut album, Based on a T.R.U. Story.)
Movie director Michel Gondry played live drums on the Late Registration track, "Diamonds From Sierra Leone." The Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind filmmaker happened to be in the studio on a day when producer Jon Brion was setting up a drum kit
"Abracadabra" was inspired by Diana Ross and The Supremes. Steve Miller first met the girl group when they performed together on NBC's Hullabaloo in 1966, and he wrote the lyrics after spotting Diana Ross skiing in the mountains years later.