"California Love" as written by and Larry Troutman Roger Troutman....
California love!

California, knows how to party
California, knows how to party
In the city of L.A.
In the city of good ol' Watts
In the city, the city of Compton
We keep it rocking! We keep it rocking!

Now let me welcome everybody to the wild, wild west
A state that's untouchable like Elliot Ness
The track hits ya eardrum like a slug to ya chest
Pack a vest for your Jimmy in the city of sex
We in that sunshine state with a bomb ass hemp beat
The state where ya never find a dance floor empty
And pimps be on a mission for them greens
Lean mean money-making-machines serving fiends
I been in the game for ten years making rap tunes
Ever since honeys was wearing Sassoon
Now it's '95 and they clock me and watch me
Diamonds shining looking like I robbed Liberace
It's all good, from Diego to the Bay
Your city is the bomb if your city making pay
Throw up a finger if ya feel the same way
Dre putting it down for Californ-I-A

California, knows how to party
California, knows how to party
In the city of L.A. (city of L.A)
In the city of good ol' Watts (good ol' Watts)
In the city, the city of Compton (city of Compton)
We keep it rocking (keep it rocking) We keep it rocking!

Shake it shake it baby, shake, shake it shake it baby,
Shake it shake it mama, shake it Cali
Shake, shake it baby
Shake, shake it shake, shake it, shake it Cali

Out on bail fresh outta jail, California dreaming
Soon as I stepped on the scene, I'm hearing hoochies screaming
Fiending for money and alcohol
The life of a west side player where cowards die and the strong ball
Only in Cali where we riot not rally to live and die
In L.A. we wearing Chucks not Ballies (that's right)
Dressed in Locs and khaki suits and ride is what we do
Flossing but have caution we collide with other crews
Famous cause we program,
Worldwide et 'em recognize from Long Beach to Rosecrans
Bumping and grinding like a slow jam, it's west side
So you know the row won't bow down to no man
Say what you say, but give me that bomb beat from Dre
Let me serenade the streets of L.A.
From Oakland to Sacktown
The Bay Area and back down
Cali is where they put they mack down give me love!

California, knows how to party
California, knows how to party (c'mon baby)
In the city of L.A. (L.A.)
In the city of good ol' Watts (That's right)
In the city, the city of Compton
We keep it rocking (keep it rocking) We keep it rocking! Now make it shake

Shake it shake it baby, shake, shake it shake it baby,
Shake it shake it mama, shake it Cali
Shake, shake it baby
Shake, shake it shake, shake it mama, shake it Cali

Uh, yeah, uh, long beach in the house, uh yeah
Oaktown, Oakland definitely in the house
Frisco, Frisco
Hey, you know LA is up in this
Pasadena, where you at
Yeah, Inglewood, Inglewood always up to no good
Even Hollywood trying to get a piece baby
Sacramento, Sacramento where ya at? yeah
Throw it up y'all, throw it up, throw it up! I can't see ya
California love
Let's show these fools how we do it on this on that west side
'Cause you and I know it's the best side
Yea that's right, west coast we coast,
Uh California love, California love

California, knows how to party
California, knows how to party (where they at uh)
In the city of L.A. (South Central)
In the city of good ol' Watts (Yeah, yeah)
In the city, the city of Compton (In the city of Compton)
We keep 'em rocking, we keep 'em rocking!
Just c'mon just shake it baby baby baby shake it mama shake it mama sha' Cali'
Rector scale talking about a earthquake on the rector scale-la'
City of Compton, city of Compton where the girls shake their booty's
Shake it mama, shake it baby, shake shake it baby, shake shake it,
Computer-puter-puter-puter-puter-puter-puter, Joe


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"California Love [Remix]" as written by Mikel Hooks Larry Troutman

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    General CommentThis song is a classic, I'm surprised nobody has commented it. Great beat and even better lyrics. I gotta throw it down for Dre and Pac on this one.
    Habitaton April 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGotta show the love for "California Love", one of the finest odes to the state, and in particular LA. But look at the lyrics, is this a dedication to the whole of California or only a part...?

    Note the places namechecked, especially in the chorus. Areas like Watts, Inglewood and Compton. By concentrating on these 'hoods' the song is fundamentally a shout out to a specific demographic. Not Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Santa Barbara and the more famous white-centric upmarket places. The one mention of Hollywood informs us that famous area considers itself lacking in something desirable that can be found in South Central (a soul perhaps).

    So while the beat and hooks are enjoyed by anyone no matter where they are from, Dre and Tupac are only showing respect for "their" California. This contrasts with what would be a more universally written lyric (perhaps by an outsider or non-rapper) that name checks all the places and themes the California tourist board would like to hear.

    While this is nothing unusual for West Coast rap, I find it especially enjoyable in California Love because of the wide appeal of this track since its creation is independent on whether the listener has spent time in Watts and so on. Dr Dre and Tupac successfully stayed true to their roots whilst at the same time making a song for the masses.

    And yes, it is the best side :)
    kevin123on August 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDamn, only 3 comments. This is a classic. Great song.
    kmk_natashaon September 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this is the only song, where dr. Dre collaborated with tupac. Tupac just joined deathrow, after suge knight bailed hm 0uta jail. it took pac 2 weeks 2 record ALL EYEZ 0N ME and went quituple plantinum...
    Makaveli-the-donon July 04, 2007   Link
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    General Comment...(cont) dre also produced it. dre made s0 much m0ney 0f it, he went s0l0 with "Aftermath" ... then a few weeks later 2pac realized he had m0ney t0 leave death row and start his own label...(2 b cont)
    Makaveli-the-donon July 04, 2007   Link
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    General Comment...(cont.) named "Amaru" Records. He gave da news 2 suge knight (1 of deathrow founders) n0w suge was in tr0uble, dre left and n0w pac! the wh0le label wil g0 t0 da doggs with0ut hm n0w. s0 suge decided to set up pac, and get him sh0t...wat a fucker.
    Makaveli-the-donon July 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThats actually wrong, Pac was gonna start his own label with Suge as an offshoot of Death Row called Makaveli records with Outlawz and Wu Tang Clan.
    King of Some Islandon June 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentGreat song! I suppose the song meaning is pretty self explanatory as clearly 2pac/Dr. Dre are showing love to the West Coast. [I believe]This was Tupac's first single after his brief stint in jail and clearly this song was the beginning of his allegiance to Death Row and Suge Knight.
    zyx99on February 01, 2013   Link

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