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."
Blige showed up on another soundtrack in 2009 when "Stronger" was used in the basketball documentary More Than A Game.
The singer wrote and produced this with Raphael Saadiq, who was a member of the popular '90s R&B group Tony! Toni! Tone! before embarking on a solo career. LaNeah Menzies, aka Starshell, is also credited as a co-writer. She helped Blige write "Closer" for Blige's 2009 album, Stronger With Each Tear.
His keyboard work helped define the Muscle Shoals sound and make him an integral part of many Neil Young recordings. Spooner is also an accomplished songwriter, whose hits include "I'm Your Puppet" and "Cry Like A Baby."