The 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time

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2Pac and Dr. Dre, 'California Love'

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Non-album single, 1995

Tupac Shakur's biggest hit was a celebration, marking the rapper's release from prison ("Fresh outta jail, California dreamin'") with a "serenade [to] the streets of L.A." It was Dre's beat, though, that brought the sunshine: a buoyantly funky party groove, with delicious vocodered singing from Zapp frontman Roger Troutman – a premonition of the Auto-Tune mania that would sweep hip-hop a decade later.

 

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