"Own It" started with Stormzy and Fred Gibson trying to imitate a sound on Kanye West's The Life of Pablo
." Then the grime rapper decided he wanted a verse from Sheeran and some additional "flavor, sauce" from Burna Boy.
Stormzy explained to The Observer
that he wanted to make a song that women could put on and feel good about themselves. "Sometimes music can be a bit sexist or like using women as objects," he said. "I was like, no, forget all of that, I want a woman to be able to play this before she's going out for drinks with her girls."