Better You, Better Me

Album: The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)

Songfacts®:

  • This motivational anthem is the main theme of The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, an inspirational American drama film that was executive produced by Alicia Keys. Mister and Pete are two inner city youths who are left to fend for themselves in the Brooklyn housing projects after their mothers are taken away by the authorities. Keys sings of finding hope amidst the inner emotional stress of their situation.

    "You're gonna make it
    You've come to far to lose it,
    Gotta stay focused
    And find a better me."
  • Keys penned the song with:
    Steve Mostyn, with whom she also wrote "Superwoman."

    Marsha Ambrosius, former member of the English Hip-Hop/Soul duo Floetry.

    Ron Haney, a guitarist who also collaborated with the singer on her "Tell You Something (Nana's Reprise)" track.
  • The song was made available to digital retailers October 11, 2013, the same day the film was released in theaters in the United States.

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