West Coast Poplock
|"West Coast Poplock"|
|Single by Ronnie Hudson And The Street People|
|Format||Vinyl, 12" single, 33 ⅓ RPM|
|Recorded||1982 (Hollywood, California)|
|Genre||Funk, West Coast hip hop|
|Writer(s)||Mikel Hooks, Ronald Hudson, Larry Troutman, Roger Troutman|
|Producer(s)||Ronnie Hudson, Mikel Hooks|
"West Coast Poplock" is one of the most popular singles by Ronnie Hudson And The Street People and was released in 1982. The song was featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in the fictional radio station, Bounce FM. Immediately adopted as an anthem by KDAY, "West Coast Poplock" has rarely left radio since its release over 30 years ago. It contains elements from the 1981 song "So Ruff, So Tuff", performed by Roger Troutman and co-written by himself and brother Larry Troutman. Various artists have sampled it, from N.W.A, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre to Scarface and Mos Def. The song is notable for its sample in "California Love" by 2Pac featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman, which was released on Death Row Records record label in 1995. Ronnie Hudson made a comeback with his album entitled Westcoastin', in which the "West Coast Poplock" was renamed to "West Coast Poplock 2020" and was re-mastered.
Ronnie Hudson first blazed the West Coast hip hop trail with his classic 1982 hit “West Coast Poplock". It was later recorded and sampled by Dr. Dre & 2Pac as “California Love”. Both quickly became undisputed West Coast anthems by KDAY. Ronnie’s work is featured in films including The Social Network (also known as The Facebook Movie), Iron Man II, South Central, Chef, and various TV shows and video games such as Grand Theft Auto San Andreas. While at Stax Records, Ronnie recorded and toured with Isaac Hayes on his grammy winning soundtrack for the 1971 hit movie, Shaft.
In the song's lyrics, upscale car brands are mentioned: "Poplocking in Rolls-Royce, Cadillac, Lincoln and Mercedes Benz", along with notable hotel chains: "Poplocking in Howard Johnson, Sheraton, poplocking at the Holiday Inn".
2pac and Dr. Dre sampled the song chorus which it's written and sung by Larry Troutman and Roger Troutman.
The West Coast Poplock song was written by Larry Troutman, Roger Troutman, Ronnie Hudson and Mikel Hooks in 1982, before its sample in California Love song.
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The single "California Love" by 2Pac, Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman is the best-known song and their most successful, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks. The original version contains a sample taken from Joe Cocker's 1972 song "Woman to Woman". The chorus, "California knows how to party", was sung by Roger Troutman using his characteristic talk box and was taken from the 1982 song "West Coast Poplock" by Ronnie Hudson & The Street People which was written by Larry Troutman and Roger Troutman. In the song where Troutman sings "shake it, shake it baby", he interpolates the chant he used on his 1982 Zapp single, "Dance Floor".
|1.||"West Coast Poplock (Vocals) (Part 1)" ('A' side)||5:18|
|2.||"West Coast Poplock (Instrumental) (Part 2)" ('B' side)||5:18|
In popular culture
- In 2013, Death Row Records former artist, Daz Dillinger, covered and freestyled on the song "West Coast Poplock" for his new mixtape entitled "Bacc 2 The Old School Vol.1".
The song contains two samples below.
|So Ruff, So Tuff||Roger & Zapp||1981|
|Disco Boot-Leg||Booker T. & the M.G.'s||1965|
The song has been sampled many times below.
|"California Love"||2pac, Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman||1995|
|"Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang"||Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg||1992|
|"Straight Outta Compton"||N.W.A||1988|
|"Southside: Houston, Texas"||Scarface, Devin the Dude and Tela||1998|
|"8 Ball" (Remix) by N.W.A (1988)||N.W.A||1988|
|"Pop Lockin' II"||West Coast Bad Boyz||2001|
|"West Coast Rap"||Afroman||2004|
|"Do You Wanna Go to the Liquor Store"||Toddy Tee, Mix Master Spade||1988|
|"Gangster Ass Anthony"||Felt||2005|
|"Genius Is Back"||Mix Master Spade and Compton Posse||1988|
|"Califa Funk"||Proper Dos||1998|
|"Roll on Em"||Crazy Toones, WC, Xzibit, MC Ren and Young Maylay||2006|
|"On the West"||Cisco Kidd, T.C.||2012|
|"Standing on the Corner"||DV3||1986|
|"Cali's All That"||Def Jef||1991|
|"Dis Is How It Should Be Done"||Candyman||1989|
|"Nobody's Identical"||Legion of Doom||1989|
|"Nuthing but Props"||Shug||1996|
Executive produced by DJ Flash
- GTA San Andreas : Soundtrack gtasanandreas.net 28-05-2014 Retrieved. 28-05-2014
- West Coastin' EP by Ronnie Hudson itunes.com 26-05-2014 Retrieved. 26-05-2014
- Ronnie Hudson songs, albums, pictures amazon.com 26-05-2014 Retrieved. 26-05-2014
- Ronnie Hudson & The Street People - West Coast Poplock - Birdie - 1982 - A westcoastpioneers.com 28-05-2014 Retrieved. 28-05-2014
- Talkin’ and Poplockin’ with Westcoastin’s Ronnie Hudson thevinyldistrict.com 26-05-2014 Retrieved. 26-05-2014
- Ronnie Hudson Is Behind the Iconic "California Love" Sample laweekly.com 28-05-2014 Retrieved. 28-05-2014
- GTA San Andreas soundtrack list allmusic.com 26-05-2014 Retrieved. 26-05-2014
- "Ronnie Hudson - West Coast Poplock". YouTube. 2010-02-12. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
- Bacc 2 The Old School Vol.1 mixtape by Daz Dillinger hotnewhiphop.com 28-05-2014 Retrieved. 28-05-2014
- Full lyrics of Ronnie Hudson's "West Coast Poplock" cover at Rap Genius
- "West Coast Poplock" at Discogs (list of releases)
- West Coast Poplock by Ronnie Hudson & The Street People at WhoSampled
- Westcoastin' - EP by Ronnie Hudson at iTunes
- Westcoastin' - EP by Ronnie Hudson at Amazon
- Westcoastin' - EP by Ronnie Hudson at CDBaby