Fred Ball and J. Angel originally wrote the tune in early 2014. Ball told the story of the song to Genius
: "J Angel and I made it in one day at Westlake studios in L.A. I had never worked with him before, and we just clicked immediately.
We wanted the song to be old school - a mix between Prince and Al Green. The time signature is 6/8ths - it has a timeless and soulful feel to it. We wanted it to have that juxtaposition of an old school soul feel with modern lyrics. That's why Amy Winehouse was never pastiche or retro even though her music has an old soul sound.
We didn't write the song with Rihanna in mind, but Jay Brown, my manager at Roc Nation, heard it and absolutely loved it. He sent it to Rihanna and she reacted similarly. That was nearly two years ago. It was the first song that was commissioned for ANTi