Thrillist: I'm curious about when the concept for the song first came to you. Was it when the trailer debuted or did you have the idea in the back of your head ever since it was announced Donald Glover was playing Lando?
Adejuyigbe: I had done an Aladdin video in July of the previous year and at that point someone tweeted at me saying that I should do a Donald Glover one for Star Wars or Lion King. At first I was like, "Oh, I don't know. Maybe." But I came up with one line and I wrote it down and I was like, "Yeah, that's fun but I don't know about doing all of this." Then I started coming up with more lines and more lines, and was like, "OK, maybe I will." Slowly, I started to think of lines here and there, and I figured if I had enough to make a whole song I'd do it. Then about a month later I was like, "Oh, yeah, this could be a full song." So I started writing it out.
At some point in the new year, there were rumors that the trailer was dropping at some point in January, so I went ahead and started making the video. I think people essentially confirmed that it was going to be coming during the Super Bowl, so I was like, "All right, I'll have it in time for the Super Bowl."
Do you remember what the first line was that made you think you could do it?
Adejuyigbe: I don't. I could probably figure it out if I took a look at the lyrics. I want to say it's "Spent a thousand stayin’ fly -- Millennium Falcon."
The song is full of so many Star Wars references from Lobot to tauntauns to Blue Harvest. Did you have a list of things that you knew you wanted to hit?
Adejuyigbe: No. Funny enough, I was not a huge fan of Star Wars before seeing The Last Jedi, so I was kinda like, "I'm just going to keep it to whatever I know about Star Wars." I didn't look up anything. I did go back and re-watch Empire Strikes Back, just to get a better understanding of who Lando was in that movie because it's his biggest feature in the series thus far. From that point on, I was like, "OK, anything I can glean from this movie is what I'll use for my knowledge."
Were there any Star Wars words that were particularly tough to write good rhymes for?
Adejuyigbe: I don't think so. The hardest parts were the ones that weren't Star Wars related. The one about him being a "card player, gambler, scoundrel" was sorta shoved in because I came up with the "Let a Solo go like a blues song" line and wanted to rhyme it with something but couldn't think of anything Star Wars related. So I just grabbed a quote from Empire Strikes Back and added a little ad-lib on the end of it.