Macklemore: “I had my part done. I wanted a hook. I needed something that was in line with the concept of [stealing a record deal.] Ab is one of those dudes is very kind of against the grain. He kind of does his own shit and he’s very anti-establishment. He’s seems in his own way, anti-industry. His beliefs line up with what I was talking about in the song. So even though TDE has their deal, it would be cool if Ab was down. He really liked the record and sent it out within a couple days.”

“I just know they have just done an Interscope deal with TDE, but he was with it. I brought it up to him too and he was like, ‘Nah, man, I think that’s dope. I think it’s a great record and I am fucking with it.’ That was fresh to me that he wasn’t tripping about his own ties with Interscope.”