It’s been a big week for the city of Cleveland. On Sunday (June 19), their Cavaliers won the franchise’s first NBA championship, ending a 52-year drought for the city, in all major sports. The fact that the victory was led by hometown hero LeBron James made it that much sweeter. In Hip-Hop, few names mean more to the Ohio city than Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and the group has released a beautiful song aptly-titled “Coming Home.”
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Rather than an ode to the Cavs, or even Cleveland, the song is a wistful celebration of what “home” means to us all–a place full of memories, family and, often, foundation. It features lines like “Trying to find my way back to my roots, where the truth does lay at. And, I say that, when I think of home, I think of a place where my mind mode is on free and my timezone is on free. Everything stops. I’mma need a little bit of time to get myself together. In the meantime, I turn best to better. And, in between time, try to stay blessed forever.” The chorus reinforces the message, with a refrain of “I’m going back home. They say that’s where the heart is, where I started, and I need to see a piece of my own.
As with many Bone songs, however, the sugary sweet harmonies are contrasted with words of hardship. In verse 2, they look back to harder times when home meant something different, rapping about having to sleep on train tracks, questioning whether they would ever make it, and not having anywhere to go. It is a fitting homecoming for the group that has represented Cleveland for more than 20 years.