“California Love” is a hip hop song by 2Pac featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman. The song was released as 2Pac’s comeback single after his release from prison in 1995 and was his first single as a Death Row Records artist.
“California Love” was one of two songs produced by Dr. Dre on All Eyez on Me—the other one being “Can’t C Me”. The first version of the song has three verses featuring Dr. Dre’s rapping. The only copy of this session is now in the possession of DJ Jam, Snoop Dogg’s personal concert DJ. 2Pac first heard Dr. Dre’s session while at Dre’s in-house studio and asked Dre to put him on the song.
The song was made and written in Dr. Dre’s in house studio. 2Pac came in and wrote his verse straight away; it took him just 15 minutes to write his Two versions of music video exist. The first video (directed by Hype Williams) was inspired by the film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome & was Jada Pinkett Smith’s idea. It takes place in a desert in the year 2095.
This is perhaps 2Pac’s best-known song and his most successful, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks (as a double A-side single with “How Do U Want It”) and 5 weeks at number one in New Zealand. The song was nominated for a posthumous Grammy Award as a Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group (with Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman) in 1997.
California Love. (2016, August 5)