Friday, May 21, 2010

"California Love" Verse 2 (Tupac Amaru Shakur)

Out on bail, fresh outta jail, California dreamin
Soon as I step on the scene, I’m hearin hoochies screamin
Fiendin for money and alcohol
The life of a West Side player where cowards die and the strong ball

I’m freshly out of prison on a surety, my mind given to California-related fancies.

As soon as I re-enter the most celebrated neighborhood, I hear loose women bleating.

Myself, I’m desperately craving some currency and alcohol.

The life of a West Coast lothario, living in a milieu where cowards perish and the strong thrive.

Only in Cali where we riot, not rally, to live and die
In L.A., we wearin Chucks, not Ballies
Dressed in Locs and khaki suits and ride is what we do
Flossin, but have caution—we collide with other crews

It is only in California where we mutiny—not merely pull ourselves up by our bootstraps—

Simply to live, and whence finished, to die.

In Los Angeles, we wear Chuck Taylor All-Stars sneakers, as opposed to Bally Shoe-brand footwear.

We also adorn ourselves in sunglasses with excessively dark lenses

And Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Company-brand khaki clothing.

But our favorite pastime is riding!

We do flaunt our wealth, but beware if you think us made weak by our affluence,

For we will eagerly skirmish with opposing groups.

Famous because we throw grands
Worldwide, Let ’em recognize from Long Beach to Rosecrans
Bumpin and grindin like a slow jam, it’s West Side
So you know the Row won’t bow down to no man

We are publicized about because we throw thousand-dollar bills into the air across this very globe.

Let all recognize us—all who reside between Long Beach and Rosecrans Avenue.
We bounce and budge like a rhythm-and-blues ballad—once again, I betoken the West Coast.

Therefore, you should be aware that those of us at Death Row Records

Will not kowtow to any man!

Say what you say, but give me that bomb beat from Dre
Let me serenade the streets of L.A.,

From Oakland to Sactown, the Bay Area and back down,

Cali is where they put they mack down, give me love!

You may express whatever you wish,

As long as I hear a wonderful instrumental from my coworker Dr. Dre.

Let me serenade the streets of Los Angeles, from Oakland to Sacramento,

And San Francisco and its surrounds and then back south again.

California is where the domineering tempt and ensnare!

Adore me!

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