Home​:​Word

by Magnetic North & Taiyo Na

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- CHORUS - here even when the smoke is cleared strong even when the hope is gone cuz we're getting tired of proving we belong but we keep holdin' on! here even after all these years strong even when it all went wrong we're getting tired of proving we belong but we keep holdin' on! - TAIYO - a letter to her kids was the last thing she wrote at a place in the bronx where she lost all hope she tried & tried to survive & provide but conditions she faced were too much to take left her 4 children in the philippines to nanny in the states and send 'em back dreams cuz that's the way it works in poor countries where there is no work and you have to leave for little pay long hours no job benefits fired if you tell or just the hell of it abuse is what they call it and so is slavery to be a migrant worker is to display bravery i imagine the sacrifice it brings me to tears to not see your children for so many years fely belonged in our land of liberty but something went wrong when they took her dignity [CHORUS] - DEREK - we've come a long way since long duk dong ridiculed for generations while the mock us and taunt with their chings chongs rosie 'o dons but that joke's more dumb than george dub and your mom what oh you wondering where i'm from is it confusing this colored skin is of an american isn't this the land of opportunity rights and equals where hollywood likes to give asian roles to white people but still we'll find a way to get on the tube props to yul kwon and american dance crews now that's what i call reality tv smack in your face raw like pacquiao handles beef see if you can't recognize then widen your eyelids instead of pulling 'em back like miley cyrus these blind kids be keeping alive stereotypes like a virus but whatever ridiculous ignorant shit that you give us you'll still find us here [CHORUS] - THERESA - we're still here though they choose not to see us we ain't ivy leaguers and tila tequila's only we that lonely matrimony of struggles pushed aside cuz they hold us up like trophies trophies us model minorities but what about all the refugees of war i speak for my southeast asian brethren peace to my fam who grew up in camp pendelton like a pendulum its back and its forth half of us is upper class half of us is poor half of us is doctors studying health care the other half is babies having babies for welfare and as a sign of our grief when we miss home we die on our sleep so don't question why i'm inspired to speak cuz against all odds and despite your beliefs we still here
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about

Home:Word is the highly anticipated collaboration album between Magnetic North and Taiyo Na. Soulful, organic, lyrical and lush, Home:Word is a hip-hop concept album about the journey for home. With a unified sound and theme, the album displays an intimacy and passion uncommon in today’s popular music. Live musicianship and intelligent yet accessible storytelling showcase a trio reminiscent of The Fugees, a breath of fresh air within today’s hip-hop landscape dominated by brand-name dropping electro-pop and nostalgic coke-rap. Socially conscious, eclectic, rooted in soul and funk, yet with a polished sheen, the 3 MCs convey a dynamic chemistry and a wide breath of influences heard throughout the 10 tracks of the album. Sampling pioneer folk singer Chris Iijima, the anthemic “We Belong” is a warrior’s song against Right-wing anti-immigrant hysteria and the persistence of Hollywood racism. Feel-good jams like “Summertime” and “It’ll Work Out” keep the dance floor thumping and the barbeque cooking. The rap ballads of “New Love” and “I’m Here” sit right by your side in a car seat or bedroom pillow, while “Postcards” and the title track bring it all on home. Home:Word is that rare record that helps to create a new American music, one rooted in American traditions yet re-imagined by global immigrant narratives. It is a new sound by a new group representing a new generation.

credits

released June 8, 2010

HOME:WORD
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: DEREK KAN, TAIYO NA, & THERESA VU
© 2010 MAGNETIC NORTH & TAIYO NA, All RIGHTS RESERVED


COMPOSITION / ARRANGEMENT / PRODUCTION CREDITS

I GOT MY 2.0
[D. Kan, T. Na, T. Vu]
Composed, Arranged, and Produced by Derek Kan & Taiyo Na

WE BELONG
[C. Iijima, D. Kan, T. Na, T. Vu]
Composed by Chris Iijima & Taiyo Na
Arranged and Produced by Derek Kan & Taiyo Na

CHRIS SPEAKS
[C. Iijima, C. Kim]
Composed, Arranged, and Produced by Charles Kim

IT’LL WORK OUT
[D. Kan, C. Kim, T. Na, T. Vu]
Composed by Charles Kim
Arranged by Taiyo Na
Produced by Charles Kim & Taiyo Na

SUMMERTIME
[C. Campos, D. Kan, T. Na, T. Vu]
Composed, Arranged, and Produced by Taiyo Na

NEW LOVE
[D. Kan, C. Kim, T. Na, T. Vu]
Composed and Produced by Charles Kim
Arranged by Derek Kan

I’M HERE
[D. Kan, C. Kim, T. Na, T. Vu]
Composed by Charles Kim
Arranged by Derek Kan & Taiyo Na
Produced by Derek Kan, Charles Kim & Taiyo Na

POSTCARDS
[D. Kan, J. Lum, T. Na, T. Vu]
Composed by Jaron Lum
Arranged by Derek Kan & Jaron Lum
Produced by Derek Kan, Jaron Lum & Taiyo Na

CHUCK SPEAKS
[C. Kim]
Composed and Arranged by Charles Kim
Produced by Derek Kan, Charles Kim & Taiyo Na

HOME:WORD
[D. Kan, S. Kang, C. Kim, T. Na, T. Vu]
Composed by Charles Kim
Arranged by Derek Kan
Produced by Derek Kan & Charles Kim


PERFORMANCE CREDITS

BROHEEM: tenor saxophone [4, 10]
CONCHITA CAMPOS: chorus vocal [5]
MU-HUA CHENG: lead guitar [3, 7]
DJ BOO: cuts and scratches [1]
CHRIS IIJIMA: chorus vocal [2], spoken vocal [3]
MICHELE JOO: violin [7]
DEREK KAN: rap vocal [1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10], chorus keys [1], additional keys [8]
SAM GEUNJIN KANG: chorus vocal [10]
ABRAHAM KIM: drums [2, 6]
CHARLES KIM: bass guitar [1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10], upright bass [7], keys [3, 6, 9], additional keys [7], rhythm guitar [4, 6], spoken vocal [9]
DAVID LEE: lead guitar [6]
CYNTHIA LIN: chorus vocal [8], additional vocal [8, 10]
JARON LUM: keys [1, 4, 7, 8, 10], congas [4]
TAIYO NA: rap vocal [1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10], chorus vocal [7, 8], background vocal [2, 4, 5], lead guitar [5], additional guitar [1, 2, 4, 8], keys [2]
SIDNEY OUTLAW: chorus vocal [4]
HEATHER PARK: chorus vocal [6]
BHURIN SEAD: ukulele [2]
THERESA VU: rap vocal [1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10]


ADDITIONAL ALBUM CREDITS

ALL SONGS ENGINEERED AND MIXED BY DEREK KAN
Additional chorus engineering by Taiyo Na [5]
Additional chorus engineering by Steve Francis of Stush Music [6]
Additional chorus engineering by Abraham Kim [10]

ALBUM MASTERED BY MICHAEL SARSFIELD

ART DIRECTION AND DESIGN BY 3 ½ PRODUCTIONS

CHRIS IIJIMA INTERVIEW PROVIDED BY TAD NAKAMURA

VIBRATIONS BY HOME:WORD SOUND

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