I Get Around (Tupac Shakur song)

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"I Get Around"
Single by 2Pac featuring Shock-G and Money-B
from the album Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.
A-side Nothing but Love
Released June 10, 1993
Format CD
Recorded 1992
Genre Hip hop, G-funk, electro-hop, new jack swing
Length 4:19
Label Interscope
Writer(s) T. Shakur, G. Jacobs, L. Troutman, S. Murdock, R. Brooks
Producer(s) Shock G
Certification Gold (RIAA)
2Pac singles chronology
"Holler If Ya Hear Me"
(1993)
"I Get Around"
(1993)
"Keep Ya Head Up"
(1993)
Music sample
Music video
"I Get Around" on YouTube

"I Get Around" is the second single from 2Pac's second album Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z., and features Shock G and Money-B of Digital Underground, the group that introduced him. It was produced by Shock G[1] and Allmusic notes that in the song 2Pac "brags about his sexual conquests".[2]

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),[3] and that 2Pac also ghostwrote Shock G's verse.[4]

Brian McKnight sampled the song on "Hold Me" on Anytime (1997). Nicole Wray sampled the song on her single, "I Like It".

Commercial success[edit]

The song sold well and became 2Pac's first Top 20 single. It peaked at number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100 it spent 25 weeks on this charts and peaked number 5 on the USA RnB charts. It was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Accolades[edit]

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.[5]
Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
The Source USA The 100 Best Rap Singles of All Time 1998 *
Ego Trip Hip Hop's 40 Greatest Singles by Year 1980-98 1999 6
Blender Top 500 Songs of the 80s-00s 2005 307
Bruce Pollock The 7,500 Most Important Songs of 1944-2000 2005 *
Pitchfork The Pitchfork 500 2008 *
Pitchfork Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s 2010 107

Tracklisting[edit]

  • 12"
  1. «I Get Around» (LP version) – 4:19
  2. «I Get Around» (vocal version) – 6:07
  3. «Nothing but Love» – 5:04
  4. «I Get Around» (remix) – 6:06
  5. «I Get Around» (remix instrumental) – 6:04
  6. «I Get Around» (7" remix) – 3:36

Charts[edit]

End of year chart (1993) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[6] 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r168663
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r168663
  3. ^ Edwards, Paul, 2009, How to Rap: The Art & Science of the Hip-Hop MC, Chicago Review Press, p. 169.
  4. ^ Edwards, Paul, 2009, How to Rap: The Art & Science of the Hip-Hop MC, Chicago Review Press, p. 230-231.
  5. ^ http://www.acclaimedmusic.net/Current/S3126.htm
  6. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 1993". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 

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