I'm Awesome

Album: We Smoked It All (2010)
Charted: 37

Songfacts®:

  • White rapper Ryan Peters, who records under the name of Spose, hails from Wells in Maine. This ironic, self depreciating song, which is peppered with references to Maine, was recorded by Peters on a keyboard in his basement. He originally self-released it in January 2010 and after receiving significant airplay on local radio stations, the tune caught on in other parts of the United States. Having aroused interest from record labels Peters signed a deal with Universal Republic Records in February 2010.
  • A decade after playing his first ever show with his former band Fight Shirt at the Wells Activity Center at the age of 14, Peters returned to the municipally owned venue to shoot this song's music video.
  • Spose told Artist Direct the story behind the song: "As far as where the song came from, I've always had self-deprecating lyrics because I don't take myself that seriously. I've played hundreds of live shows and I know on stage that type of stuff gets a nice response. I knew that before 'I'm Awesome.' When I went to write it, I stuck to my skill of self-deprecation and tried to stay on the topic for the whole record. I came up with that hook in like five seconds and, from there, I just filled out the verses around it. I produced the beat to intentionally be corny as f--k [Laughs]."
    He added: "I'm poking fun at stuff people find to be so f--king important, and it really isn't in the grand scheme of things. It's minutia—Twitter, Facebook, obsession with celebrity and not really taking any time to live your own life. S--t like that is the underlying message of the record but, on the surface, it's just hilarious."

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