DJ Shadow puts a lot of thought into his albums, and the process was no different for the Bay Area beatmaker's 2011 release The Less You Know, The Better. The track "I'm Excited," which features U.K. rapper Afrikan Boy as a guest vocalist, was one of the last Shadow wrote, and he considers it to be a "middle finger" to the rest of the album. "At that point, I'm tired of working my ass off and sweating every little split second," he said. "So I make something in a day-and-a-half that totally gets all my emotions out, something cathartic that I can have fun with. That’s what 'I'm Excited' is."
Adele included this song, which she wrote with veteran songwriter and producer Ryan Tedder, on her second album, 21. The singer admits that the tune was her own way of responding to people in her inner circle who fell prey to the stories and lies that began to circulate about her all over the media when she became a household name. “People might think it's about blogs and magazines and papers, but it's not,” she said. “It's about my own friends believing stuff that they hear about me, which is pretty mortifying, really.”