To Live and Die In L.A.

To Live and Die In L.A.

2Pac (Ft. Val Young)

Although he was born in New York, “To Live and Die in L.A.” is Tupac’s ode to the metropolis he loved the most: Los Angeles. In this “California Love Part 2,” he talks about all the particularities that make the City of Angels such a great place to live—and die, ranging from its immigrants to its infamous gangs.

2Pac once again reconnects with producer QDIII, who revealed that the song was done in less than two hours, with 2Pac writing his lyrics in about 15 minutes and laying his vocals in one take before singer Val Young and guitarist Ricky Rouse came in to do their parts.