In late 1995, 2Pac (Tupac Shakur for those of you who did not come of age in the 90s) released the song “California Love,” featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman. Two(!!!) music videos were filmed, both directive by Hype Williams, and released. If you are lucky you can watch them back to back, like so:
As fun as it is that there are TWO MUSIC VIDEOS for this song, we are really here to talk about the first one, which is MAD MAX THEMED Y’ALL. So, California is like, post-apocalyptic, and stuff, and there are these two rival tribal groups. The Evil Tribe is led by George Clinton of P-Funk (amazing!) and the Good Tribe is led by Chris Tucker pre-Ruby Rhod which, yes. Also, it is shot in the Thunderdome set, how cool is that?
So basically there is some rescuing of some hot womenz, some riding through the sand on crazy all-terrain videos, some rhyming, some explosions, etc. And then, in the second version, it is shown that this was ALL A DREAM and that Dr. Dre is having a party and so we get to go with 2Pac to this party.
This was so middle school dance y’all. Trust me.