Charlie Puth penned the song in July 2014 during his second day of writing in LA. He recalled to American Songwriter
: "I had come out here by myself just to go to LA and be a songwriter, because that's what I originally intended to do. Though, between you and me, in the back of my mind I also secretly wanted to be an artist, but I thought the best way to go about that was to write songs first. "
"My first day I wrote my other single "Marvin Gaye
," he added. "My second day I heard a message from the Fast and Furious
franchise that they wanted a song to honor Paul Walker's legacy for a three minute scene at the end of the movie – the most significant part of the movie. I thought, 'Who am I?' But I took a whack at writing it. I wrote it with my co-writer, Justin, who I just met at the time."
"When we wrote the song it was so powerful – just crazy human interaction," he added. "We were like, 'How did we just do this so quickly?' We sent it to them and they loved it, they got Wiz Khalifa on it, and the rest is history."