Raleigh, N.C., rapper Colonel Loud (...that name!) has scored a major record with "California," a song that channels old school R&B and up-and-coming Southern nightclub circuit rapper Young Dolph for a feel-good summer jam salute to the left coast. Perhaps the concept was inspired by the song's thick groove, which seems closer to Mustard's ratchet sound than a traditional North Carolina hit; much like the Migos' "Fight Night," an outsider's version of the West's production style finds new wrinkles in a familiar formula. In this case, the Mr. Hanky-produced beat draws a connection between new Cali and the sparse sound of 1980s funk and R&B. The sample is "We Are One" by Maze featuring Frankie Beverly (shoutout to @jozenc for the ID), and it feels like the spiritual son of Leon Ware's "That Is Why I Came to California." Hard to say what this song will mean for the future of Colonel Loud, but it's a definite winner for anybody's party playlist. It's also kind of funny that Dolph's only real stop in L.A. is at the Laugh Factory.