Grab ya Dickies and your Chuck Taylors, we going back to Cali!
Notorious B.I.G a.k.a Biggie Smalls dropped a double LP titled Life After Death in 97' which instantly became a classic with hip-hop fans all over the world.
This album alone single-handedly crushed all doubters who weren't
believers, after the release of Ready To Die. Life After Death hosted a string of hits such as "Hypnotize", "Long Kiss Goodnight" and our personal favorite "Going Back To Cali"!
Unhinged Reviews would like to pay our respects to Christopher Wallace in a review of "Going Back To Cali", Let's Go!
"Going Back To Cali" is one of those tracks that you have to bang with all of your windows down at the highest volume your ears can possibly handle. Notice, as the beat comes in you are instantaneously transported to California through smack you in the mouth drums and killer synth riffs that breath new life into B.I.G. I can't stress it enough, but Easy Mo Bee's production on this track is "Soo Dipped" in Cali-Swag that you'd swear The Westside Connection was stopped at the traffic light next to you. If there was ever a song that would put your neck in a brace, this would be it without a question!
Then as if that wasn't enough, B.I.G wants to get on it and spit his game all up and down across and over the track blowing your brain out the top of your scalp! Well, not literally, but you get the emotion I'm depicting here right? I believe Smalls said it right "Lyrics just split cha head so hard that cha hat can't fit ya", I mean What in the World is going on here. Murder on the track 101 is what is going on for lack of better terminology. Could the message be any more clear?
B.I.G was at the top of his game during the recording of "Going Back To Cali" and this is just one of the many classics encased within the near-perfect album. When you listen to the difference between Ready To Die and Life After Death, you hear the growth in his confidence, as well as, level of skill. I mean it's not everyday you have a hardcore rapper/lyricist with the ability to maintain the delicate balance between heavy street and commercial success. B.I.G's essence and love for Cali is prevalent throughout "Going Back To Cali", unfortunately his efforts came with a hefty price.
Notorious was killed before he even had the chance to reap the fruits of his labor, by what the judicial system still claims is a mystery. There's a lot of speculation as to who committed the crime or what their motives were, but only two people know for sure and that's God and the shooter/shooters. Seems a lot of our top artists are perishing before their time, for instance, Winehouse, Hendrix and B.I.G's musical rival, Tupac Shakur were all taken from this earth at the height of their careers. This phenomenon kind of makes you wonder...What would it be like if they still were alive? What if B.I.G didn't die, would Jay-Z be as relevant as he is today?
Either way with the way things worked out, B.I.G left us with some incredible tunes to enjoy for the rest of our lives. So for that, We salute you B.I.G and we appreciate all that you have done for this thing called music we love so much. Notorious wasn't all about himself with his gains of fame though, he helped the careers of Junior M.A.F.I.A and the original Queen Bee, Lil Kim. So without further delay, let's take a ride with Mr. Wallace and go Back To Cali.
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