Going Back to Cali (LL Cool J song)

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For the Notorious B.I.G. song, see Going Back to Cali (The Notorious B.I.G. song).
"Going Back to Cali"
Single by LL Cool J
from the album Less Than Zero and Walking with a Panther
B-side Jack the Ripper
Released January 27, 1988
Format CD
Recorded 1987
Genre Hip hop, Golden age hip hop
Length 3:57
Label Def Jam
Writer(s) Rick Rubin, James Todd Smith
Producer(s) Rick Rubin
LL Cool J singles chronology
"Go Cut Creator Go"
"Going Back to Cali"
"I'm That Type of Guy"

"Going Back to Cali" is a 1988 single by LL Cool J from the Less Than Zero soundtrack as well as his third album, Walking with a Panther. Produced by Rick Rubin, the song peaked at #31 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #12 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and was eventually certified gold by the RIAA on May 28, 1991. Rock band Sevendust covered the song on the Take a Bite Outta Rhyme: A Rock Tribute to Rap.

The music video for "Going Back to Cali" was directed by Ric Menello.[1][2]

The music video and song were parodied in both "Going Back to Brooklyn" by Colin Quinn and "Going Back to Philly," a song promoting It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia with verses done by Jeru the Damaja.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Going Back to Cali" (R. Rubin, J. T. Smith) – 3:57
  2. "Jack the Ripper" (Rubin, Smith) – 4:50


Chart Position
Billboard Hot 100 31[citation needed]
U.S. R&B / Hip-Hop 12[citation needed]
Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 19[citation needed]


  1. ^ Kaufman, Gil (2013-03-04). "Beastie Boys Video Director Ric Menello Dead At 60". MTV.com. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  2. ^ Hogan, Marc (2013-03-05). "Ric Menello, Beastie Boys Video Director, Dies at 60". Spin Magazine. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 

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