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It’s hard out here for a Blu fan. Let’s face it: the guy is never going to recapture that buzz he had around the time of the ’09 XXL Freshman cover. He just seems to put out a project and then retreats into hibernation — and he’s content in doing so. Still, Johnson Barnes can rap circles around the competition when he wants to. Case in point, his new Left Coast-and-proud single, “The West.” The Bombay-produced cut serves as the first sample of his forthcoming album, Good to Be Home, which is expected out May 20.

Stream after the jump…

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