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Good To Be Home [2 CD][Explicit] Explicit Lyrics, Import

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Los Angeles lyricist Blu returns with 'Good To Be Home'; a brand new solo album.
Featuring a slew of appearances from fellow West Coast hip hop fixtures, including Fashawn, Pac Div, Oh No, Casey Veggies, Alchemist, Planet Asia, Evidence, Krondon, MED, Phil The Agony, Thurz, and many more

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Home
  2. The Return
  3. Back Home Again
  4. Boyz N The Hood (ft. Fashawn, Like and BeYoung from Pac Div)
  5. Whip Creme (Part One) (ft. Definite, Big Dame, Co$$, and Swt Pea)
  6. The West
  7. The 50z
  8. The LA (ft. Secret Service Agents)
  9. Summer Time (ft. Bombay & Arima Ederra)
  10. The Summer / (bonus) Angel Dust (ft. LMNO and 2Mex of The Visionaires and Imani of The Pharcyde)

Disc: 2

  1. Rap Dope
  2. Dre Day
  3. Red & Gold (ft. Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Mitchy Slick and Phil Da Agony from Strong Arm Steady)
  4. Child Support
  5. Well Fare (ft. Thurzday and Casey Veggies)
  6. He Man
  7. Brown Sugar (ft. MED and Oh No)
  8. Bobby Brown (ft. Clutch, Mic Holden, and Definite)
  9. Can't Stop, Won't Stop (ft. Alchemist, Evidence, Tristate, Planet Asia, Donel Smokes, Chace Infinite of Self Scientific, and Krondon of Strong Arm Steady


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 20, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics, Import
  • Label: Nature Sounds
  • ASIN: B00IN69PUO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,824 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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cd 2 is doper than cd 1.. both are slappers tho.. good flows and beats,exactly what people want in hip hop. prodigy , mitchy slick CLACK CLACK CLACK CLACK, n krondon just some of the other dudes that bless tracks on this. get this you wont be disappointed . blu is dope
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West Coast rapper Blu rode a wave of critical acclaim ever since he released "Below The Heavens" with producer Exile in 2007. After a few collaboration albums with the likes of Mainframe and Ta'Raach, Blu was offered a recording contract. The label that offered him a deal was Sire Records- one-time label home to Ice-T, whose last hip hop album that was released on the label was Donald D's underrated 1992 sophomore effort "Let The Horns Blow". With the go ahead to record his major label debut, the record company hoped he was recording something along the lines of "Below The Heavens". However, Blu clearly had other plans. He worked on the album that was called "No York"- an experimental and ambitious body of work. Though Blu loved the album, Sire and its parent company Warner Bros. Records was repeatedly going through internal changes- which resulted in numerous delays. As a result, Blu left the label and decided to release the album for free over the internet. In 2012, he reunited with Exile again for their second set together, "Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them". After releasing "No York" on physical product, he released his newest recording "Good To Be Home" at the end of spring in 2014.

The recording was released as a double album produced solely by Bombay, whose lo-fi sound is noticeably similar to another West Coast producer, Madlib. Over the course of the 60 minute recording, Blu explores everyday life in Los Angeles, California, with guests who mostly hail from Cali- save for Mobb Deep member Prodigy on "Red & Gold". He opens the recording with the aptly-titled "Home" with vocals from independent soul singer Jimetta Rose.
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Excellent album. Blu is rhymng a bit harder on this album, and still getting his message across. His struggles with havig the name Blu and not being gang affiliated, are entertaining and insightful into his life. Great album, didnt have to skip any tracks. No song i really a filler song. Each track has substance. I great recommendation for real west coast true school hip hoppers.
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Since Blu's debut release with Exile, Below the Heavens in 2007, he has become one of the most recognized and hungry emcees gunning below the trap of mainstream success. That album got him the recognition and underground fame he well deserved, with HipHopDX naming him Rookie of the Year. Seven years later, and multiple releases later, Blu returns with Good to be Home, released (5/19/14).

Picture yourself rolling through the west coast with all the windows down on Daytons in the summer time, Los Angeles to be specific. Blu really executed this vibe with both content and overall sound. The album is essentially an ode to his hometown/coast, and he did a stellar job doing so. In comparison to some of his earlier projects, Below the Heavens for example, he was really able to take a step back from a heavily east coast inspired sound. It opens with Home, as the Blu states, "88 carats on my gold face, shining like the golden state, riding on Daytons / Banging for my whole race, all black, no blank spaces on my ball cap..." Blu also did a cut titled Dre Day which is indirectly touching on Dr. Dre's The Chronic album being such an influence on the coast, presenting a mellow vibe yet thick lyrics.

It is also loaded with features from Fashawn, Pac Div, Imani (of Pharcyde), Casey Veggies, Planet Asia, to Alchemist and Prodigy. Covering both coasts, Can't Stop, Won't Stop displays straight lyrical mastery from over seven emcees, loosely categorized and insanely sharp. The album is predominantly west-inspired, but Blu makes it clear how important the east still is to his influence as an artist, based off his line up of featured artists, and some highlights in the production. He stated on a press release that this album is his "most defining record".
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I live close to Los Angeles but I attend school about an hour away. I always feel homesick even though LA is nearby. I have looked to music and books to keep me company and remind me of home. Blu has definitely come through for me with this album. The verses are riddled with experiences LA has given Blu and even though they are not the best kind they always remind you of who you are and how this city has shaped you, influenced you, and given you a part of itself.

The lyrics are always on point with Blu talking about all the shit the hood brings to you and allows you to transcend the circumstances. The beats and melodies are always on point. It is a good album to chill when you are on the train ride back to LA or when you're chillin' in your room. Don't miss out.
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After giving both discs a solid run-through (three weeks, several rotations), neither one has yet to make much of an impression on me. Sometimes albums will take a few listens to sink in, so I kept waiting. It just feels like a boring, average release, below what you'd expect.

The first thing I noticed with disc one is that it was poorly mixed/mastered. I'm not en engineer so I can't be exacting in my criticism, but most of the tracks on it just seem muddy and borderline distorted, not at all balanced and clean. The "Back Home Again" instrumental track is the best example of this as it's almost unbearable to listen to through mixing headphones (and only slightly better through car speakers). This was my first hint that this album was not quite as polished as Blu's time-tested classic, Below the Heavens. Whether this lo-fi effect is intended or not, it definitely makes certain tracks difficult to listen to. Other track-specific lowlights on disc one include an annoying hook on "50z" and a sloppy spin off of Will Smith's "Summertime" that just misses the mark. On the positive side, "Home" and "Boyz N the Hood" are both solid tracks, especially on production. So it's hit and miss.

Disc two does seem to be mastered a little better and has fewer noticeable low-points than disc one has. However, it still just doesn't amount to anything special. "Rap Dope" is a great intro track leading into the next best (but too short) track on disc two, "Dre Day." After those two, however, it starts to tail off again.
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