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Ryan Leslie x adidas Originals "When I Think About Love"

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Uploaded on Mar 21, 2010

I wrote, produced, arranged and recorded this record more than four years ago and it just recently surfaced on the web as a new song. More interesting is the fact that I walked into Duane Read on Broadway two nights ago and a girl in line stopped me excitedly to say, Ryan, Im listening to you right now. She handed me her left headphone and there it was blasting: When I think about love, youre the one I want

Being original means having the courage to be different. The first few lines of this song were written with my longtime collaborator and friend Corey Latif Williams. Instead of writing a record from a male perspective with the ever-so-popular misogynistic undertone, we opted for honesty. This record is about having the guts to admit youre not ready to fully commit and in fact youre actually just thinking about the concept of love.

Stevie Wonder wrote a song for the Jungle Fever soundtrack called Make Sure Youre Sure. My song is about the thinking thats necessary in order to be sure that you want to take someone on your love trip.

Though this song never ended up on any of my albums, Im glad its in the universe now because its always been one of my favorites. It feels good to confidently know that youre earnestly thinking about what your next move will be. So the next time youve got the urge to jump all the way in, take a few minutes to rock this record and think about whether youre really sure. Who knows, you might end up playing it over and over while enjoying the process of just thinking before you do.

Shout out the boys Evan & Aram for putting up with my midnight madness last night and staying up for 8 hours (starting at 1am) to shoot and edit this w/me.

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