There is nothing like a good "city pride" song. Especially when the song is so hot that a whole 'nother coast is claiming the state even in a time of war (West coast V.S. East coast)
Word has it that the song was originally slated to be featuring Dr. Dre and Dr. Dre only. But Suge (Knight) felt 2Pac needed a strong "coming home" single once released from prison. So "California Love" got elected to be his 1st single off his album. What helped in the success of the song no doubtingly was the high-budgeted concept video that accompanied the song. Directed by Hype Williams, the video starring Chris Tucker (Friday) George Clinton, and Roger Troutman (who sings the hook) was a play on the Mad Max movies theme that featured a younger Mel Gibson. The song sampled for the hit was "Woman to Woman" by Joe Crocker. In which he croons that he "gets around", way before the late 2Pac did.