Erika M. Anderson's expletive-laden lament to the Golden State was based on her wanting to explore the state's dark underbelly. "The thing about California that's interesting, [is] it's always been tremendously great at marketing itself," Anderson said. "I wanted to tell the other side of the story. Because my favorite California songs are things like 'Under the Bridge,' not necessarily 'California Dreamin'.' For a while in music, it felt like there was this continuation of this California self-promotion, and I kind of wanted to be like, 'Let me tell you something else.'" In dropping the f-bomb to refer to the Golden State, she certainly did.