Stephen "Static Major" Garrett's lyrics for this song are about an abusive relationship that's seemingly has come to an end. "There's so many people quietly dealing with abuse and it's just an unheard thing," the song's producer Bud'da commented to Fuse TV. "I thought it was pretty upfront for that song and it was bold on her part to do it knowing that she has a great influence."
West Coast producer Bud'da was best known at the time for his work with hip hop artists including Ice Cube and Dr. Dre. For this song he mixed old-school soul, hip-hop sounds and strings. "I wanted to create something that had a soulful feel with the classic instruments. After she laid the vocals, I had the idea to add the live strings and other elements around her voice to emphasize the words," Bud'da explained. "With the topic of the song being about abuse, I wanted you to feel that musically and hear the emotions. I wish everybody could've seen the emotions as well."
The Boyz II Men hit "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday" is an a capella cover of a song from 1975 by G.C. Cameron that was used in the movie Cooley High to express the feeling of parting ways with high school friends.