Originally included on Gotti's independent mixtape The Return in September 2015, this was released by Epic Records as a single the following month. It became the Memphis rapper's biggest hit to date.
DM stands for Direct Message, which is a tool where users on Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter can message each other privately. The function has a reputation as a forum for flirting and the song finds Gotti messaging another man's girlfriend after she posts a picture of her luxury car on Instagram.
The song came from a true-life situation. Gotti explained to Billboard magazine: "One of my homies was Snapchatting and telling me how it worked. He was giving me the rules because I was new to it - how to check my DMs [direct messages], how to take screenshots. I was sitting at the [studio] console, hearing the beat in the background but listening to my little homie at the same time, and it came together."
The minimalist, bass-heavy beat was supplied by Florida-based musician Ben Billions, who also produced The Weeknd's Beauty Behind The Madness
," and his frequent music partner Schife Karbeen.
The song's music video finds Yo Gotti playing the best man at a wedding, who is trying to keep the groom from looking at his DMs. The clip also features Cee-Lo Green playing the preacher, Machine Gun Kelly (a groomsman), DJ Khaled (a last-minute counselor) as well as Rae Sremmurd and YG.
A remix of the song was released online on February 4, 2016 featuring two racy verses by Nicki Minaj.
Ben Billions made the beat in less than 20 minutes. The startling ease with which he co-produced the track was somewhat unsettling. "It kind of f---ed me up for a minute," Billions admitted to Billboard magazine. "I was like, 'If I'm working on a beat for more than 45 minutes, am I putting too much into it?'"