Album: All Eyez on Me

The controversial West Cost enigma known as 2Pac was already a star before he’d joined Death Row (he already dropped classics like “Dear Mama” from his 1995 album Me Against the World, which was released while he was imprisoned), but the first single after his release from jail had to make a serious statement. "California Love," the Dr. Dre-produced lead single from his massively-successful double CD opus All Eyez On Me was it. The party-starting G-Funk anthem was not only Pac’s most successful single ever, but ended up being his most well-known. Dre’s known for helping put Cali hip-hop on the map, and his Midas touch turned into this certified heater for Pac. It’s one of those tracks that not only gets the club hype when it drops, but doubled as a statement about the next era of Death Row, and became a de facto anthem for Cali. —khal

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