In an interview with Complex Magazine, B.o.B acknowledged the irony that he was becoming famous, for doing anti-mainstream music and called it a "blend of both worlds". When asked about the song, B.o.B said: "I wasn't like, 'I need to make this song for radio.' In my world, I'm cool because I know there are fans of music who don't listen to the radio."
In November 2014, B.o.B released a politically-charged mixtape, titled New Black. The mixtape, which is a cohesive concept album, includes "Generation Lost", as the third track.