Ross recalled to Billboard magazine the story of the song. "Me and Nas was in Miami," he said. "We were actually on a yacht. It was a real private business event but it was an extravagant yacht among a few wealthy people, a few companies."
"Me and him took time out and had us a private discussion about a couple of different things, and the beautiful thing about that is this record was birthed from that conversation," Ross continued. "We finished the record maybe a week or two after we had seen each other in Miami. I think that's real dope when the music comes about organically like that."
The bedrock of David Guetta's Nicki Minaj-featuring single "Hey Mama" is a sample of "Rosie," a 1940s prison recording from folk archivist Alan Lomax that songwriter Esther Dean first showed the French DJ on YouTube.