Tupac & Dr. Dre’s “California Love” Is 20 Years Old

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It’s no secret that Tupac’s legacy had a huge impact on the West Coast sound in hip hop, but there was one record in particular that really helped catapult him and his sound into the mainstream. 20 years ago today, the rapper teamed up with Dr. Dre to release their smash hit, “California Love,” along with songwriter Roger Troutman. The song was the late rapper’s comeback single after was released from prison in 1995.

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It went no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

Tupac Shakur on the set of Gridlock’d, 1997

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The single is known to be Tupac’s most successful, and stayed at no. 1 on the charts for two weeks after its release. It was also the first song that the late legend released on Death Row Records after he was signed, where he worked alongside Dr. Dre.

The song was nominated for a Grammy after Pac’s death.

A hologram of deceased rapper Tupac Shakur performs onstage during day 3 of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 15, 2012

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“California Love”  was nominated for a posthumous Grammy award for Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Performance By A Group or Duo in 1997. The song was also released as a double-A side single with “How Do You Want It.”