The track's bluesy guitar loop was sampled from "Where There's A Will (There's A Way)," a track from Los Angeles singer-songwriter D.J. Rogers' 1973 eponymous debut album. During a listening session for Undun at Manhattan's Legacy Studios The Roots manager, Rich Nichols, explained the sample is the first and only the band have ever used. In the past even the beats credited to Dilla, such as 2006's "Can't Stop This," were replayed by the band.
The lyrics to "Heartbreak Hotel" were written by a steel guitar player who was once a dishwasher repairman. He was inspired by a newspaper story about a man who killed himself and left behind a note saying only, "I walk a lonely street."
If counterpoint and polyrhythms are your thing, you might love these guys. Even by Progressive Rock standards, they were one of the most intricate bands of the '70s. Then their lead singer gave us Bon Jovi.