According to songwriter Bibi Bourelly, “Higher” was written in only 20 minutes. It came from the soul, she said. She didn’t write it for the world to like, she did whatever she would do for herself.
The song leaked as a pair of Instagram previews posted by Rihanna while drunk on whiskey at 5:00 AM. Rihanna compared the song to “a drunk voicemail”, when you know he is wrong but you would still try to forgive him and make it work again.
In the song, Rihanna bares everything in her drunken state. Her feelings have bubbled to the surface and she can’t hold them in any longer. She even apologizes for her behavior—something she doesn’t do often.