It was a historic return of the legendary Tupac Shakur to the rap scene on this date in 1995. After spending time in prison, Shakur was released due to Deathrow Records as he partied back onto the charts with “California Love”.
The singles featured Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur, and Zapp frontman, the late Roger Troutman on ‘Pac’s All Eyez On Me LP.
As Tupac’s first single as a Death Row artist and as a free man after his 1994 rape conviction, California Love dropped during the height of the the East Coast/West Coast rivalry and helped to propel Death Row to the top of the Hip Hop food chain, featuring the game’s hottest rapper and the most sought after producer. The B-side to the Jodeci powered “How Do U Want It?” posted up in the Billboard pole position for a solid two weeks and ‘Pac was posthumously nominated for Grammys in the Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group categories.
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