The popular hit “California” by Colonel Loud didn’t actually feature anyone from California (T.I. and Young Dolph were on the other version). The North Carolina emcee has rectified the situation by recruiting two of the most storied spitters from the sunny state of CA.
Oakland legend Too $hort opens the song up with his vintage, conversational style. He raps proud lines about the history of his state’s rap history. Then Snoop Dogg takes a turn on the mic, sounding right at home on the funky beat.
The hook leaves Ricco Barrino’s smooth vocals intact. Is this an improvement from the original?
I'm boom bap with the slap
the big bad california?
we the home of the gangsta rap
where the homies love acting up
but don't trip on crip, we can back it up
strap it up, sack it up, bag it up
- Snoop Dogg