Blige penned this song for the movie Precious, which is an adaptation of the book Push by African-American author Sapphire. The harrowing film tells the story of a young woman growing up in a cycle of incest, rape and domestic abuse.
Blige told Billboard magazine why she decided to contribute to the movie: "[Director] Lee Daniels wanted me to get involved with this film. I saw the movie and I was like, 'why wouldn't I want to be involved? Why wouldn't I want to do a song for this film?'" She added: "I didn't have lyrics as far as writing, but I saw the film and I was able to relate automatically because I've lived some of that girl's life and I know people who have lived most of her life." Blige continued: "My first impression of the film was that it was going to shock a lot of people. It's a very powerful film. I've been coming from a personal place ever since I spoke on the My Life album. But we never look back into the why - why is all this happening to us? And that is what Precious is about. Getting that song out, I had to dig back into the 'why,' and digging back into the why is what hurts the most."
Arizona DJ Guy Zapoleon played UB40's "Red Red Wine" four years after it was released as part of a feature on songs that should have been hits. Listeners started requesting the tune and within weeks it was topping the Hot 100.