“If I got to choose a coast, I got to choose the East
I live out there, so don’t go there
But that don’t mean a _____ can’t rest in the West
See some nice breast in the West
Smoke some nice sess in the West, y’all ______ is a mess
Thinking I’m gon stop, giving L.A props
All I got is beef with those that violate me
I shall annihilate thee”
As a kid from the DMV, this track always resonated with me. I always wanted to take trips to the left coast until as an immature adult, I just decided to move there. Ever since, whenever I’m travelling, I hear “I’m going going, back back, to cali cali…” playing in my head when I am on my way home. Every. Every. Time. Time.
It’s a shame Notorious B.I.G.’s love letter to the West Coast was released posthumously. Maybe, if it was released before the 1997 Soul Train Awards it might have diffused the East Coast/West Coast feud before he was murdered. There needed to be more tracks with Biggie rapping over West-coast style beats. Actually, there just needed to be more tracks of Biggie rapping. Ugh. What could have been.