• "Strip That Down" is the debut solo single by English singer and songwriter Liam Payne, featuring guest
vocals from American rapper Quavo,
uncredited vocals to the song, and Steve Mac.
•The lyrical content is supposed to reflect Payne's freedom to
venture into raunchy musical elements after departing from British-Irish boy band
•After One Direction went on a hiatus, Liam, who co-wrote songs on each of the group's five albums,
intended to focus only on songwriting. He told Billboard:
"To be honest with you, I wasn't going to do a solo venture. I was just going to
go into songwriting and carry on and do that. But then I was like, 'You've been trying to do
this since you were 14 years old. You would be ridiculously stupid to turn down the option to have a deal.'
Coming out of the band, we had some pretty good opportunities around us. I had to do something."
•The singer met Ed Sheeran in 2016, "We went in, sat around and discussed a bunch of things
about life, and [the song] basically just came together," said Payne. After working with Sheeran
and producer Steve Mac, Payne decided to add
member Quavo into the mix as the song's featured artist.
Liam Payne, Steve Mac, Ed Sheeran, Quavious Marshall, Orville Burrell, Rickardo Ducent, Shaun Pizzonia, Brian Thompson, Sylvester Allen, Harold Ray Brown, Morris Dickerson, Le Roy Lonnie Jordan, Charles William Miller, Lee Oskar, Howard E. Scott