What a home boy is
Being called a home boy is a compliment. Yes, it's been shortened to homey, and it can also be a home girl. And as "hip and cool" as it might sound, it really just means that you are a person from the neighborhood. The compliment that I received in the 1980s was meant to express that I seemed to know my way around, that I behaved as if I really belonged there. I was not an outsider, not a tourist. I was at home.
I have been a homey person all of my life. My grandma used to joke about being called a "homely person", but really she was just a home girl. It just means that you have respect for your surroundings, and the people who live there. It is such a simple compliment, to be called a homey. But it means a lot, when you know what it means.
Posted by Brad Hall