I was sick of hearing the song California Love all the way back in 1999. It had become the most disliked most un-gangster Tupac song ever to me in a matter of two and a half years after its release. I don’t know what did it: the oversaturation via radio repetition or hearing it played by really bad DJs in suburban night clubs between songs like ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ and the RUN DMC Aerosmith mash up ‘Walk This Way’. Either way ‘California Love’ was dead for me long ago.
I didn’t even like it when Urijah Faber started coming out to it in WEC. Sure, I understood the significance of it’s use with Urijah being known as ‘The California Kid’-it was catchy and appropriate. But let’s face it, Urijah is not a kid anymore and you have to change things up sometimes to keep it fresh. This song needs to be laid to rest alongside the old UFC intro song-Stemm’s ‘Face the Pain’. Why not switch it up to Biggie’s “Going, going…back, back…to Cali…” That would be a much more grown up song for someone at a much more grown up stage of their fight career.
I’m not alone in my exhaustion with the ‘California Love’ entrance. I’m sure many of you are too. Urijah Faber is even over it. On The Joe Rogan Podcast last night he told Joe he would like to walk out to some old school Geto Boys or even LL COOL J’s “Goin’ Back to Cali” but apparently Dana will not let him. This reminds me of my Dad only allowing the DJ at my high school graduation party to play Billy Joel and Air Supply music. OK, maybe this thing with Dana isn’t quite that embarassing or extreme but its still not very cool man. Check out Urijah and Joe expressing walk out music frustration on The Rogan Podcast-starts at abotu the 10 minute mark.