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.