Throwback Thursday: California Love – 2Pac feat Dr Dre


Not for the first time I feel like I have neglected this feature a little bit in recent times so I think it’s about time that I showed it some love. (Come on that was smooth…)

As regular readers will know I always like to get other people involved in the making of this nostalgic beauty of a feature and today I have done just that. So step forward the lovely Kerrie.

Now at this point I’d like to say how happy I am that she’s picked this tune. Firstly because I have loved this track ever since it first hit my ears nearly 15 years ago and secondly because it actually links the two of us.

Around a month ago Kerrie and I met up in person for the first time in over four years. I was already out on the town living that rock n’ roll lifestyle and she linked up with me and who I was with and we all ended up in a bar with great music and even better furniture. Seriously, at one point I’m chilling in this sexy ass armchair, Jack and coke in hand (Still waiting for that endorsement deal) Kerrie by my side/slash on my lap (I’m smooth like that) and this track came on and my night was complete. In my head I looked cool as hell; looking back I can pretty guarantee that I didn’t! We didn’t speak, just kind of vibed to track, mega smiles on faces. It’s just one of those moments that is now forever etched on my mind.

I don’t know what me and the aforementioned Kerrie are now or what we may or may not become in the future but all I can say is that right now one of my favourite songs in the entire world reminds me of her, and it feels pretty damn awesome.

California Love the single version never actually appeared on a studio album as it was meant for Dr Dre’s follow up to The Chronic which never appeared, but along with Changes it might just be Tupac’s most famous track. The beat from Dre with that Joe Coker sample and that Roger Troutman hook, everything about this song just bangs. Then we get to Tupac.

He was ‘fresh out of jail’ and this was the first song that he landed on after completing his nine month prison term. His energy on the track is just frightening. He was just screaming to the world that he was back and was ready to take it by storm. Looking back he couldn’t have pictured the impact he made on music, hip-hop and American culture in the next 11 months until his untimely death.

It’s always seemed such a shame to me that we never got more Tupac and Dre teaming up, but with Death Row being what it was and all of that, it was never meant to be I guess. Hell, even the remix is a banger.

Love these artists, love this track and right now I’m loving the memories it conjures up.

Play this right now and play it damn loud.

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