Big Lean couldn't have asked for a better welcome wagon in California than Nipsey Hussle, who shows up to turn up in the Toronto rapper's new video "California Water." The two rappers bask in the glow of the state's famous women and weather on a ride through that mixes grit with the glamour, much like the song itself. Boi-1da and Pro Logic flip a polished horn sample — a few seconds that could soundtrack an especially classy duel — into a punchy beat. It's the ideal foundation for Lean and Hussle to craft a tune for late afternoon, baked summertime cruising. Even when the instrumental veers into operatic trap, Lean doesn't lose course.
Big Lean told us via email how the song came during a spurt of creative energy fueled by a west coast visit:
Big Lean's new album Enough Is Enough is out now.