He talked "Single Ladies" into existence. "I got your first single," he told Beyoncé, before he even wrote it. The original track was started by his producer partner, Christopher "Tricky" Stuart, who was about to trash it. The-Dream came in and added instrumentation and the catchy content about putting a ring on it. "It took about 20 minutes," he said of composing the first draft of melody and lyrics "from top, down."