On the Song Exploder podcast, host Hrishikesh Hirway talks to musicians who take apart their songs and, piece by piece, tell the stories of how they were made. Listen below.

Singer/songwriter Andra Day put out her first record in August 2015. Since then, the Obamas have invited her to perform at the White House on multiple occasions, and the record was nominated for a Grammy for Best R&B Album. In this episode of Song Exploder, Day talks about her song “Forever Mine” along with the track’s producer, Rob Kleiner. They break down their mix of “doo-wop and hip-hop,” as Day puts it, from Kleiner constructing the backing sounds to Day’s improvisations during production. There’s even the story behind the sly Mobb Deep reference in the lyrics.

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Song Exploder: Andra Day Breaks Down Her Rad Mix of Doo-Wop and Hip-Hop