I may have grown up in the Bay Area but I’ll always have a soft spot for LA. It’s the first place where I lived on my own. I was responsible for my own rent, bills, and life in general. So when I heard the musi video for “Home” was filmed in LA’s infamous South Central, using real people from the neighbourhood, I’m not even ashamed to admit I got excited. If you don’t know, South Central is a rough neighbourhood, maybe one of the roughest in the nation. But it has also home to of the best, most infamous musicians, actors, and more. Such people include but are not limited to Ice T, Ice Cube, Tiffany Haddish, Schoolboy Q, Darryl Strawberry, and more.
The video for “Home” by Machine Gun Kelly, X Ambassadors, & Bebe Rexha tugs at my heart strings because it’s filmed in South Central. But what makes it different from so many other videos that use South Central as a backdrop is that, according to the artists, they use real people from the real South Central to give back to a community that’s so famous but hardly ever taken care of. The video highlights what it really means to call a place home, for better or for worse, and the sense of community that really does make home what we all envision.
What I think I love most about this song is that it shows that no matter how hard you try to get away from it, the place where you grew up will know all your struggles, all your demons, and all your successes. It will have seen the worst and the best of you in a way places you move to, later on, can’t really understand. Home is a different kind of place and it always means something different to everyone. But we all have that one place we can go to that welcomes us with open arms, no judgment, and a warm seat at the table. Home is a magically strange place and it may not be where we were born or where we grew up but it’s the place you go to so you can feel it’s going to work out somehow. Or at the very least, it’ll remind you of where you’ve been, what you’ve made it through thus far, and that it is true what they say — you’re only given what you can handle. The darkness may be overwhelming but if it’s honest, home and the people/community there will remind you that you’ve got the light to lead you back, no matter how long it’s been.