West Coast Poplock

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"West Coast Poplock"
Single by Ronnie Hudson And The Street People
Released 1982 (1982)
Format Vinyl, 12" single
Recorded 1982 (Hollywood, California)
Genre Funk, West Coast hip hop[citation needed]
Length 5:18
Label Birdie
Songwriter(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.[1] Immediately adopted as an anthem by KDAY, "West Coast Poplock" has rarely left radio since its release over 30 years ago.[citation needed] 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.


West Coast Poplock was later sampled by Dr. Dre & 2Pac on “California Love”.[2] Hudson’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.[3]

Cultural references[edit]

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".[4]

California Love[edit]

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".

Track listing[edit]


No. Title Length
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[edit]

  • 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".[5]

Song samples[edit]

Sample credits[edit]

The song contains two samples below.

Song Artist Year
So Ruff, So Tuff Roger & Zapp 1981
Disco Boot-Leg Booker T. & the M.G.'s 1965

Sample use[edit]

The song has been sampled many times below.

Song Artist Year
"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
"Habitat" Mos Def 1999
"Kalifornia" Mos Def 2003
"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

Song appearances[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ GTA San Andreas : Soundtrack gtasanandreas.net 28-05-2014 Retrieved. 28-05-2014
  2. ^ Ronnie Hudson Is Behind the Iconic "California Love" Sample laweekly.com 28-05-2014 Retrieved. 28-05-2014
  3. ^ GTA San Andreas soundtrack list allmusic.com 26-05-2014 Retrieved. 26-05-2014
  4. ^ "Ronnie Hudson - West Coast Poplock". YouTube. 2010-02-12. Retrieved 2014-06-22. 
  5. ^ Bacc 2 The Old School Vol.1 mixtape by Daz Dillinger hotnewhiphop.com 28-05-2014 Retrieved. 28-05-2014

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