Home​:​Word

by Magnetic North & Taiyo Na

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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.

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released 08 June 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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Track Name: We Belong
- 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