Blu Epitomizes the Term “Real Hip-Hop” on The Return (Video)

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Blu was not a gang banger. He makes that crystal clear in his opening line on “The Return.” Yet, unlike many of his peers who make false claims of affiliations, he paints a sobering picture of the costs that can come with those ties. Without judgement or glorification, he calmly articulates the story of his come up without succumbing to the pressures around him.

More than a year after the release of the song from the album Good to Be Home, Blu follows up with the visuals for “The Return.” Like the tone of the song, the colors are muted and they show scenes from every day life in Southern California. There are shots of kids playing basketball, the beach, palm trees, bodegas and the homies. Interspersed within, there are also images of hands in a jail cell and riots, as reminders that it’s not all fun in the sun. In short, it’s a reflection of the many facets of real life. Check it out.

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