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
Length 4:19
Label Interscope
Songwriter(s) T. Shakur, G. Jacobs, L. Troutman, S. Murdock, R. Brooks
Producer(s) Shock G
2Pac singles chronology
"Holler If Ya Hear Me"
"I Get Around"
"Keep Ya Head Up"
"Holler If Ya Hear Me"
"I Get Around"
"Keep Ya Head Up"
Audio 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 to the world. It was produced by Shock G.[1] Allmusic notes that in the song 2Pac "brags about his sexual conquests".[2]

Composition and writing[edit]

Some of the background vocals & additional drums on "I Get Around" are sampled from the 1985 Zapp song "Computer Love", while the other background vocals (the lyric "step up") is sampled from "Step in the Arena" by Gang Starr. The percussion is sampled from The Honey Drippers' 1973 track "Impeach the President."

In the 2009 book How to Rap, Shock G recalled 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" featured on Anytime (1997). Nicole Wray sampled the song on her single, "I Like It".

Part of the video was shown in the Tupac biopic, "All Eyez On Me," released June 16th 2017.

Commercial success[edit]

"I Get Around" peaked at number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It spent 25 weeks on the charts and peaked number 5 on the US R&B charts. It was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and sold 700,000 copies.[5][6]

Live Performance[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.

The information regarding accolades attributed to I Get Around is adapted from Acclaimed Music:[7]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
The Source United States 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

Track listing[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


End of year chart (1993) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 56


  1. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r168663
  2. ^ https://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. ^ "American certifications – 2 Pac – I Get Around". Recording Industry Association of America. 
  6. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1993". Billboard. BPI Communications. 106 (3): 73. January 15, 1994. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ http://www.acclaimedmusic.net/Current/S3126.htm
  8. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 1993". Archived from the original on 2006-11-10. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 

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