Do You Think About Me

Album: Before I Self Destruct (2009)

Songfacts®:

  • This is the fifth single from 50 Cent's fourth studio album, Before I Self Destruct. The rapper told MTV News it is favorite track on the album.
  • The song deals with breaking up and the ending of relationships. 50 Cent told MTV News about the track: "So many people are gonna I.D. with it. The 55 percent of people that have been married and divorced are gonna identify with it. I was writing about the difference of how it felt when it was only about money once it got down to me dealing with the child-support situation. The friendship we had was forgotten. I believe people invest in each other and it's never even when you're in a relationship - one person is loving harder than the other. When the expectations aren't being met, they kinda resent the other party. A lot of times they don't go from being boyfriend and girlfriend or to getting engaged or being married back to being friends. They kinda gotta part ways from each other because one still has feelings and one is ready to move on."
  • The artwork for Before I Self Destruct shows a close-up of 50 Cent with charred, burning flesh spreading across his scowling face and underneath, there's a fiery skull. "The album cover, I sat there and thought about it," 50 explained to MTV News: "I wanted to do something that was completely different than I've ever done. The Curtis album, I was pretty close in the camera when I done it. I felt it was intimate. This project is even more [intimate], but it's harder. I didn't sugarcoat things. My imperfections are visible on there. I'm in a secure enough space. It's a huge gape in hip-hop. There ain't no middle ground. You're either here or you're there. To create the middle ground, the guys that have been up here gotta come down and bring everybody to the forefront where they seen. That's what this is actually about."
  • Fifty made peace with his former girlfriend Vivica A. Fox after a far from amicable break-up by casting her as his leading lady in this song's music video. The hip hop star explained on the Tyra Banks Show why the Independence Day actress agreed to star as his love interest in the promo clip. He said: "She was really upset with me (after the break-up)... I called her. I said, 'You got to stop fighting and be in my video.' The song's about when relationships don't work, and when I explained it to her it kind of intensified what the song was about. And it's now being a visual with the public sees us as that relationship that didn't work."
  • 50 told MTV News that the storyline for the video was inspired by watching Martin Lawrence in the 1996 comedy-romance movie, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate. He explained: "I actually wanna write a sorta 'Thin Line Between Love and Hate' - a piece that kind of has that energy that the film with Martin Lawrence had to it. You know, of course they were happy in the beginning. [Then] she only sees what she wants. She was so angry, she could hurt him."

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