Behind the Poster: 2Pac 'California Love'
2Pac's California Love is a song that changed hip hop forever, and we're commemorating it with an officially licensed fine art screenprint by Miles Tsang! The song is a celebration of the California Hip-Hop lifestyle. California Love is one of 2Pac's most successful singles, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and earning him a Grammy Award nomination in the categories of Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group (with Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman) in 1997.
"Tupac Shakur is hip-hop royalty and one of the most important and instantly-recognizable figures in the history of American music (not to mention pop culture at large), so being trusted with crafting a poster to commemorate one of his most famous songs “California Love” was massive and something I took very seriously.
My goal was to portray the icon as larger-than-life, decorating him with visuals from both accompanying music videos. The West Coast is inseparable from the multi-platinum single and the rapper’s lexicon as well, so the poster also features an undulating Los Angeles skyline, distant mountains, palm trees and a desert, all enshrined in clouds of golden dust and crackling tendrils of rhythmic flame with an earthy, sun-baked palette reminiscent of the 90’s aesthetic. I wanted the piece to feel like a positive and powerful representation of the man and the song itself, honouring the influence and legacy of both while making something any fan of the man (and his chosen home) can love and cherish." -Miles Tsang