According to Cameron and Slaughter, Ciara and Future recorded “Body Party” that day, writing a new hook to marry the verses Ciara and Cameron had already written with the beat Slaughter and Mike Will had sent Future. Their new hook interpolated “My Boo” to match the sample, complete with a twist on the original’s opening line: “Boy you should know that/Your love is always on my mind." Future is responsible for the Auto-Tuned “ooo”s throughout the song. “I think a day or two later she pulled up and played it for me,” says Cameron. “It's crazy how it all came together, just to know how many little factors had to work for it to happen. The energy was so good, that's what made him play her that beat. I wasn't there, Mike Will wasn't there, it was just them in the studio working and creating. It wasn't planned -- that wasn't supposed to be going on.”
Slaughter and Mike Will started mixing the record immediately after. “To be honest with you, I didn't even really like it until it came out,” says Slaughter. “Mike and I were going back and forth really heavy about that record... the irony! I didn't really like the hook, the way that her voice was sounding at that point in time, and he was trying to tell me... the majority of the time, you just gotta trust Mike. I love it now, especially after them checks.”
By the time it was time to film the “Body Party” video, Ciara and Future were an item. Director X (most recently of “God’s Plan”) staked out a mansion in Buckhead, a posh Atlanta suburb (it belongs to a friend of veteran producer and label exec Jazze Pha’s), and Ciara recruited her new beau along with a slew of Atlanta hip-hop talent. “I wanted something warm -- there's something very house-party sexy about that song,” says X (a.k.a. Julien Christian Lutz). “With Future and Ciara actually dating… every now and then, reality and music videos merge together and create something dope.”
They shot the opening silhouettes, turning the mansion’s dining room into a studio with a silk backdrop and backlit frosted glass; the True Lies-citing striptease scene (which they would partially reenact on The Tonight Show); and then the party in the pool room, where the Ciroc was flowing and Ciara executed effortless choreography to catch Future’s eye. “Everybody in there is somebody, so it was one of those reunion things -- organized, though,” says Jazze Pha. “In between takes, you're having conversations, rekindling some flames, getting people's numbers, whatever.” Adds Stevie J, who attended with his Love & Hip-Hop co-star and ex Jocelyn, “[Ciara and Future] were comfortable letting everybody know that they were into each other.”
The last scene filmed was the most memorable -- Ciara and Future pretending to meet for the first time by the pool. “Their first meeting takes them to this fantasy [the striptease], and then back to where they are,” says Lutz. “It happens when they touch hands, and then it ends when they release hands. He's Future, so he's seeing the future.” The crew lightly wrote it out, and Ciara and Future worked on the lines to make them sound more realistic. “It seemed like they’d actually had a situation like that, after some awards show or fashion show,” Lutz adds. “Like he was imagining a future event that actually wound up happening.” According to Future, the “You know you’re going to be mine, right?” line, at least, was based in reality -- in a 2013 interview, he claimed he'd seen her from afar years before they met and told his brother they’d end up together.
The product of what, in retrospect, might have been the couple's first date ultimately became one of Ciara’s biggest and most critically acclaimed songs. “I think it took the label a minute to realize that was the hit, but all the creative people knew what it was,” says Cameron. “There wasn't much music like that on the radio at that point. It was a difficult time for R&B.” For many of the Atlanta artists who had a hand in “Body Party,” the song had sentimental value, despite the couple's eventual rocky breakup. “I worked her first records at Jive, I know her personally, but to this day, I don't know if she's put the two things together,” says Rodney Terry, one of the producers of “My Boo.” “It was an honor.” Same with Jazze Pha, who executive produced Ciara’s debut album: “She was my first artist, and when I heard the record I just knew that it would be a chart-topper for her.” (He was right: “Body Party” hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart in July 2013.)
For Cameron, another one who’d been alongside Ciara since the beginning, the fight to make the song the single is worth it to this day: “From that opening line that Future does, a prelude to what the hook's going to be, you're like, this is special. And then CiCi comes in so sexual: ‘My body is your party’ -- come on, man. We're winning! When that beat drops?! Every girl wants to dance! I still get excited about it, I'm reliving it all over right now.