Back in November Rapper Big Pooh and producer extraordinaire Nottz joined forces to serve us a hearty helping of what they termed an “audible feast”. ‘Home Sweet Home‘, released by Mello Music Group, was 14 servings of boom-bap flavored soul food, each of which hit the spot. If you heard Oddisee’s ‘The Good Fight‘, released on the same imprint, you would expect nothing less. Even if you didn’t, the pedigree of the two artists on the record speaks for itself. Pooh was part of the celebrated North Carolina group Little Brother in the early 2000s, a group that included super-producer 9th Wonder and The Foreign Exchange rapper-singer Phonte. On the other hand Nottz is a two-time Grammy winner who has laced such big names as Kanye West and Snoop Dogg.
Of the cuts in Home Sweet Home, ‘Grass Ain’t Green’ best summarizes the mood and message of the album. Drums that hit you like a bare-knuckled boxer are tempered by softly glowing keys and gentle piano; rapid-fire bars contrast beautifully with a soulful vocalist moaning, “It’s so hard living in this old world”. This grey, cloudy ambiance is perfect for the story Pooh tells of a youngin growing up in a rough environment with dreams of making it big. But at the same time, there is an undertone of hope for the one willing to work hard enough and never give up. Helping the Virginia MC tell the tale is Cali rapper-producer Blu.
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