The song was originally reported to feature Ciara. However, when the official mix of the song appeared online, Ester Dean, who sung vocals on the demo of the track, can be heard singing the vocal female interludes. The songwriter told The Boombox
that she was surprised when she heard the finished product. "Usher is a real good friend of mine," said Dean. "I went to Jamaica with him and the guys. We are out there hanging out and one his boys ask me, 'You heard Usher's new song 'Hot Tottie?' And I had never heard of that song before. I knew we recorded some stuff with Usher, but that was all. I didn't even know Jay-Z was on it and I didn't know my vocals were going to make the track. To tell you the truth, I didn't even remember recording the song [laughs]."