Some vocals of "I Get Around" are sampled from the 1985 Zapp song Computer Love and the instrumental samples "Step in the Arena" by Gang Starr.
Shock G recalls how the track was written, in the book How to Rap, mentioning that 2Pac wrote the lyrics to the beat after hearing it for a while (rather than with no beat), and that 2Pac also ghostwrote Shock G's verse.
The song was re-released on 2Pac's Greatest Hits album in 1998. The music video reached #1 on XXL's and MTV2's "25 Greatest West Coast Videos". The song is ranked #14 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. It was also selected as one of many songs you must hear & download in the musical reference book, 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die: And 10,001 You Must Download.
The information regarding accolades attributed to I Get Around is adapted from Acclaimedmusic.net.