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"California Love"
California Love
Single by 2Pac featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman from the album All Eyez on Me

A-side

"How Do U Want It"

Released

28 December 1995

Recorded

October 1995 at Can-Am Studios (Los Angeles, CA)

Genre

Hip hop

Length

4:45 (single version)
6:25 (album version)

Label

Death Row, Interscope

Writer(s)

Cocker, Shakur, Stainton, Troutman, Troutman, Young

Producer(s)

Dr. Dre

2Pac singles chronology

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"Keep Their Heads Ringin'" (1995)

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"No Diggity" (1996)

"California Love" is a song by 2Pac featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman. It 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. It was produced by Dr. Dre and is a celebration of the Californian lifestyle, featuring references to many California locations.

Due to it being intended to be released on a shelved Dr. Dre album, "California Love" appeared as a remixed version on 2Pac's 1996 album All Eyez on Me. The original version has since been released on 2Pac's Greatest Hits album and on the United Kingdom pressing of All Eyez on Me.

The song is perhaps 2Pac's best-known song and his most successful, staying at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks (as a double-A side single with "How Do U Want It"). The song was nominated for a posthumous Grammy Award as a Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 1997. 

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