The song interpolates REO Speedwagon's "heard it from another you've been messin' around" lyric, from the Illinois band's 1981 hit "Take It On The Run
."REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin
recalled on the band's official website
hearing "Messin' Around" for the first time. "I get into my daughter's car … and cranking out of her speakers comes this funky, dark, kinda cool version of what starts out to be 'Take It On the Run' but soon morphs into a hip-hop groove and an entirely new song," he said. "And I am digging it."