California Love

sample based song by Dr. Dre

"California Love" is a hip hop song by American rapper 2Pac. The song also features vocals from Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman. The song was Shakur's first single as an artist for Death Row Records and was also his comeback single after he was released from prison in 1995. A popular remixed version of the song was featured on the UK version of All Eyez on Me. California Love was nominated for a posthumous Grammy Award as a Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group (with Dre and Troutman) in 1997.[1]

"California Love"
Song by 2Pac featuring Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman
from the album All Eyez on Me (UK Version)
A-side"How Do U Want It"
ReleasedDecember 3, 1995
RecordedOctober 1995
GenreWest Coast hip hop, G-funk
Length4:45 (Single version)
6:25 (Album version/Remix)
LabelTupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Joe Cocker, Woodrow Cunningham, Norman Durham, Mikel Hooks, Ronald Hudson, Christopher Stainton, Larry Troutman, Roger Troutman, J-Flexx
Songwriter(s)Tupac Shakur
2Pac singles chronology
"California Love"
"2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted"

The song was ranked #355 of the Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time[2] and was ranked #51 on VH1's countdown of the 100 Greatest songs of the 90s.[3]


  1. "39th Grammy Awards - 1997". Rock on the Net. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  2. "Dr. Dre and 2Pac, 'California Love'". Rolling Stone. 11 December 2003. Archived from the original on 2014-01-22. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  3. "VH1's '100 Greatest Songs of the 90s' Grunges Up as Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' Takes the #1 Spot". PR Newswire. Retrieved 2014-04-25.