California Love/ California Love (Remix)
12" Vinyl Single Record
"California Love" is a gangsta rap song by 2Pac featuring accompaniment from Dr. Dre. The song was released as 2Pac's comeback single upon his release from prison in 1995. It 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. The track was not available on any of 2Pac's studio albums, but it can now be found on his "Greatest Hits" compilation. The tune was adapted from Joe Cocker's song "Woman to Woman" and the "California Knows How To Party" lines listing California towns are sung by Roger Troutman in his song "So Ruff, So Tuff". The vocal "In the City of Compton" is adapted from Ronnie Hudson and the Street People's "West Coast Poplock" and "Dance Floor". "California Love" was 2Pac's only entry on Rolling Stone's 2004 list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time", ranked #346.