Tupac got his start working with Digital Underground as part of their crew. Members of the group did production work on his first album, 2Pacalypse Now
, which was released by Interscope Records after the label heard Tupac's verse on the DU track "Same Song
." Tupac and Digital Underground kept working together, and group members (credited as The D-Flow Production Squad) produced this track from his second album.
How this song ended up on a Tupac album instead of a Digital Underground album is up for debate. Digital Underground leader Shock G came up with the beat and planned to use it with the group, which Tupac was still associated with at the time. Shock claims that Tupac called him looking for solo tracks, so he put the song on a demo and sent it to the rapper. According to Shock, Tupac loved it, which surprised him because he didn't think Tupac was looking for the Digital Underground sound.
Digital Underground founder Chopmaster J tells a different story in his Songfacts interview. Chopmaster says
that Shock punched a member of Tupac's Thug Life crew over a misunderstanding, and as recompense, gave "I Get Around" to Tupac.