Friday, July 02, 2010

"...You Can Always Come Back Home"

This is my favorite cut off Nappy Roots new album Pursuit of Nappyness. Needless to say I'm so impressed with their new album and an album review will follow shortly. Put it this way, you remember that sound they had on their platinum debut album Watermelon, Chicken and Grits that was characterized by a unique mix of laid back country rhymes over acoustic guitar with a heavy dose of positivity in their lyrics? Well they've more than gotten back to that with their new album and it sounds just as fresh as it did 8 years ago.

I feel like everyone can relate to this song in some way, shape or form since we all have somewhere we consider "home". The hook displays the track's message like bold letters on a billboard:
"We can make it on our own,
We ain't got to be alone,
Just in case when things go wrong,
You can all-ways come back home,
Where you'll always be a star,
Doesn't matter who you are,
Even when you've gone to far,
You can all-ways come back home"
Truth be told at some point we all look back to the carefree times that were our youth, remembering days where the most important things were what we were wearing and whether we finished our math homework. We were free of responsibility within the confines of our community of friends and family. The necessity to pursue opportunity after college can have a cruel impact on friendship/relationships as time passes and as a result, we all get older, turning time into a divisive force that can separate us from the comfort of the the people and places we associate with home.

Maybe it's because I'm from the Midwest that I'm more appreciative of the impact of a southern drawl and acoustic guitar, so Nappy Roots' style really hits home for me and makes tracks like this all the more potent. It may not have the same impact on you, but lyrics like:
"Y'all know how it feel when you come from outta town, that familiar smell when the window come down"
"Life's good but it definitely ain't easy, remember we was kids just nappy head and greazy, everything was simple, just like we saw on TV, my how time flies quick fast and 3D"
Great track to listen to if you're in search of that familiar feeling, which for those of us who are far away from home try to hold on to despite the physical distance that separates us. Nappy's album Pursuit of Nappyness is legit though, on the real check it out....

Nappy Roots - Back Home
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