"I Love U" is a song recorded by American recording artist Tila Tequila. It was written by Tequila, Craig Love and Jonathan Smith. The song was first released on February 27, 2007, as a limited-time package deal: the track and an exclusive video for 99 cents on iTunes, and became the number one music video download. It was later released on March 13, 2007 by StratArt to other online music stores. Produced by Lil Jon, "I Love U" is a hip hop song with elements of crunk music. Lyrically, it is about a dominant female.
Tequila came to prominence in the mid-2000s mainly due to her high presence on social networking websiteMyspace, where she would constantly share photos, videos and music with her fans. Around that time, she first pursued her singing career as the lead singer of rock bands Beyond Betty Jean and Jealousy. After becoming one of the most popular people on the website with over 1.5 million Myspace friends, Tequila decided to focus on her solo career and was ready to release her debut single. She was allegedly offered recording contracts from Jive and Interscope, but refused because she wanted to have full control over her projects. Tequila later commented: "I really wanted to become a pioneer and not fall into a category like everyone else, so I decided to take a gamble on myself. And if I win, I win big."
"I Love U" is a song which runs for a duration of three minutes and 28 seconds. It is set in the simple time signature of 4/4, with a tempo of 105 beats per minute. The song starts with a spoken introduction where Tequila says "I think I love you, but if you ever hurt me I'll fucking kill you," and then transitions into a crunk beat which is built around a repetitive electric guitarriff and utilizes strong elements of hip hop music such as 808 bass, claps and hi-hats. Lyrically, the song is about a dominant female. In the chorus, Tequila sings "You better go down when you get with me / You better realize that I'm what you need / You better get here before I count to three / You better do right, I'll fuck you up".