Shame

Album: Black Rose (2015)

Songfacts®:

  • The second single off Black Rose, this song features background vocals by Jennifer Hudson and guitar work from session muscian Melvin "Wah-Wah Watson" Ragin. The latter was a member of the famed Motown Records studio band, The Funk Brothers, in the 1970s and 1980s.
  • Tyrese wrote the song with producer Warryn Campbel. "'Shame' is my most transparent song to date," he saidt. "I wish I could say that the inspiration behind this was me breaking one heart, but I have broken many hearts from being a man who assumed that because you used the words 'I LOVE YOU' that I really knew what love was."

    "I discovered I knew nothing of what love is. You will grow through what you go through. I have put some beautiful hearts and innocent people through hell and I'm ashamed of it. That's my truth, and my truth produced this moment."
  • The song contains an interpolation of Atlantic Starr's 1980 hit "Send For Me."
  • The Paul Hunter directed video features Tyrese playing a singer confessing to a priest his multiple vices, which range from drugs to infidelity. Jennifer Hudson plays his wife.
  • Nearly 17 years after Tyrese made his chart debut, with his self-titled debut LP, the singer achieved his first #1 album on the Billboard 200 with the arrival of Black Rose. His previous best solo ranking was Open Invitation, which peaked at #9 in 2011. As one third of the superstar R&B trio TGT, along with Ginuwine and Tank, Tyrese also reached #3 with Three Kings in 2013.

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