100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time

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41. 2Pac feat. Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman, "California Love"

On his biggest hit, 2Pac celebrated his recent 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 vocoder vocals from the legendary Roger Troutman. "The whole city was in pandemonium," recalled Kendrick Lamar, who was perched on his father's shoulders while he watched Dre and Pac shoot the song's video. "I think since that day I was inspired, subconsciously, to be an artist."

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