Going Back to Cali (The Notorious B.I.G. song)

"Going Back to Cali" is a song recorded by American rapper the Notorious B.I.G. and Diddy (uncredited) from the album Life After Death. The song is noted as one of Biggie's popular songs from the album, well known for its catchy hook and beat. The song contains a sample of Zapp hit "More Bounce to the Ounce".

"Going Back to Cali"
Single by the Notorious B.I.G.
from the album Life After Death and Notorious (soundtrack)
A-side"Sky's the Limit"
B-side"Kick in the Door"
ReleasedNovember 18, 1997
GenreHip hop, G-funk
Length5:07 (CD single)
5:07 (album)
LabelBad Boy
Songwriter(s)Christopher Wallace
Osten Harvey Jr., Roger Troutman
Producer(s)Easy Mo Bee
The Notorious B.I.G. singles chronology
"Been Around the World"
"Going Back to Cali"


The song is about Biggie returning to Los Angeles and the West Coast. It begins with a telephone conversion between Diddy and Biggie, in which Diddy tells Biggie that he needs to get ready for a flight from New York (JFK) to Los Angeles (LAX). Biggie sounds as if he's just been woken up by Diddy's telephone call. The second verse begins with Biggie's thoughts on the East Coast–West Coast hip hop rivalry and his relationship to the West Coast:

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 nigga can't rest in the West
See some nice breasts in the West
Smoke some nice sess in the West
Y'all niggas is a mess
Thinkin' I'm gon' stop givin' L.A. props
All I got is beef with those that violate me
I shall annihilate thee

Cover versionsEdit

Harlem rapper Mase (who was associated with Biggie) recorded a cover version of the song titled "Going Back To Harlem".

The song is heavily sampled in E-40's song "Bust Moves" from his 2012 album, The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 1. The song features E-40's labelmates Big Omeezy and Droop-E, the latter of whom is E-40's son.


Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1997–1998) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[1] 26
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[2] 31
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[3] 3
US R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay (Billboard)[4] 51