Malika, who splits her time between Toronto and Brooklyn, first heard the song while staying in Bed-Stuy in December. When cover versions began popping up on the Internet, Malika decided to perform her own.
"I was just kind of contemplating on how happy I was being there," Malika said. "There's some kind of magic, or something, about the energy of the place."
The actress, who has appeared on the television show Suits and is making a guest stint on ABC's Rookie Blue this season, said the song helped lift her spirits, and she wanted to express that through video.
It was also an opportunity to pay homage to a place she called her "second home."
"The video itself is also a love letter to Brooklyn," Malika said. "Because what the song was doing to me, Brooklyn was doing to me."