The Real Thing was recorded in the wake of Scott's divorce from artist and DJ Lyzel Williams. The album featured songs about the breakdown of a broken marriage. This track was described by Scott as "an ode to loneliness that can exist inside a marriage when you are staying in the marriage purely for the sake of staying in the marriage." (quote from the Daily Mail)
"Crank That (Soulja Boy)" was the most successful digital track of 2007 in the US with 2,909,000 downloads. On January 6, 2008 it became the first song ever to sell 3 million digital copies in the States.
Kid Rock's "All Summer Long" is a mashup of "Werewolves Of London" and "Sweet Home Alabama." The album it came from was released in October, 2007, but they held off until summer, 2008 for a more seasonable release.