Kanye West应该是这首歌的主要功臣（John Legend: “I worked with Kanye more on this album than I had before”）。随便抽一秒就能听到无数层声轨，华丽如此实在令人拜倒。Intro取样Lenny Kravitz的经典live，整首歌主干与和声则来自Jean Knight的Mr. Big Stuff，结构和声音表现借鉴Marvin Gaye的If I Should Die Tonight。这是John Legend职业生涯中融合流派最多的歌曲，以跨界的rock开场，从funk、disco到R&B/soul，再到hiphop，然而最重要的还是Marvin Gaye，整首歌力图复活他醇正的灵魂演绎，歌词写得有种幻灭的美感，而承接到副歌则如浑然天成，将Gaye的老派精神完全复苏，到“and I”已经非常非常接近了，接着又听到了取样的“all my time”，不可言说的感动。一遍遍的质问：“Who do we think we are?”到最后已然大彻大悟。我最爱的还是它想表达的主题：对于物质的追求和精神世界的日臻虚化。表面上Rick Ross是swagga式的炫耀，其实内里还是渗出空洞的悲伤吧。 rap verse从开头的竖琴到结尾的“She get Chanel, ski trips to Vail/Only the highest grade, like trees that I inhale”，总归还是黯然神伤。
MV拍得很华丽，以至于到了奢靡的境界，让人想起前段时间的电影《了不起的盖茨比》，很好地贴合了歌曲的概念。Outro依旧是Lenny Kravitz的现场表演，“This is our song, is our song for the future”，整张专辑的概念也来源于此，很多实验佳作、尤其是一些歌曲对融合R&B与摇滚的尝试是先前John Legend没有的，可能是在与The Roots合作之后有了新突破，表达了他对于R&B未来的展望与野心，采取与Miguel, Frank Ocean等人不同的道路。
Co-executive producer of the album Dave Tozer spoke to The Source Magazine on producing the track:
Think of that as one of the more classic soul productions on the record, but again combined with hip-hop… And Rick’s voice works perfectly as an instrument on that song. It’s where his vocal timbre lies. So that worked out really well. And we had some really interesting arrangement ideas on that – the Mellotron strings that are playing in the melodies during the Rick Ross verse, and Brandee Younger playing real harp on that… It’s almost like there are Baroque instruments on it. And one of the things I like about a lot of classic soul music and classic Curtis Mayfield is that you have this interesting combination of sounds. We have this sort of black American soul music embedded in the rhythm section of the drums and bass and piano and guitars, playing this funky 70’s era funk music. But then on top of that, you have European-inspired orchestras you know – strings, horns, French horns, harps, all over doing the glissandos that they do. And so we have a lot of that on that recording and that’s why it reminds me a lot of the classic semi-soul records, the Curtis Mayfield stuff, later Motown. It’s all over the “What’s Going On” album, Marvin Gaye… So I’m inspired by that.
大意：我们在制作这首歌的时候受到了Marvin Gaye和Curtis Mayfield的启发，同时融入了hiphop和欧洲交响乐的元素，想做出一个soul、funk和欧洲古典器乐交相辉映的作品。