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 sold well and became 2Pac's first Top 20 single. It peaked at number 12 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). 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.