H.E.R. Says She Loves BTS, Calls it 'Super Dope' That They Supported 'As I Am'
This week, Billboard’s “How It Went Down” video series takes viewers into the creation process of H.E.R.’s song “As I Am,” as she talks through writing lyrics in the studio, wanting to make an “empowering” song and getting love from K-pop band BTS.
H.E.R. was in Miami when she wrote “As I Am,” because she had decided that she wanted to go there to finish up her album. As soon as she walked into the studio and heard her co-writers and producers playing a track with the “Go Brooklyn” sample, she knew that it would have to be a “fun” and “feel-good” song.
“I'm really about this women empowerment thing,” H.E.R. tells Billboard, “And I wanted to make a really empowering, fun song. Something that everybody could just feel good, that can make everybody feel good, and everybody could dance to.”
Speaking of her mindset the day that she wrote the song, H.E.R. reveals that she was feeling pressure of having to make a great album, but once she stepped into the studio, she realized she just needed to be honest and enjoy herself. “I just have to have a good time,” she told herself, “And whatever I create is gonna be magic, because it came from me. And it came from what I was feeling.”
She adds that she never expected the song to become as popular as it has, noting that it meant a great deal to her when BTS shared the track on their Twitter account. “I love BTS, their music is good, but they always support me,” says H.E.R. “They're always posting my music, and they posted ‘As I Am.’ I got a lot of love for that, so that was super dope.”
You can hear the entire story of how H.E.R. wrote her song “As I Am” above, and listen to the song below.