Boi-1da: "It was December ’08 or January ’09 when I made that beat. I found that sample on my computer and I heard the intro and I thought it was cool. My boy gave me a folder of a bunch of samples and I heard it in there. The sample on it is very smooth. It’s a quicker tempo than a lot of the stuff I do.
"I was just envisioning a song about a girl. It’s an emotional kind of beat so I figured it would be a girl song. I thought it could work for Drake. He was finishing [So Far Gone], and he said he needed two more songs. I had just done the beat the day before—I sent him that one and he just killed it.
"He sent it back, and I knew it was a hit the first time I heard it. That beat took me about 20 minutes. And in a few hours he finished the whole song. That one was just wham, bam, thank you ma'am."