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    Group Home – “Livin’ Proof” – [Payday]

    Originally out in 1995, so this tickled my Spider senses, and
    I remember KFJC’s Spiderman playing Tha Realness from the 12″
    single, and Ken always extolled the virtues of DJ Premier who
    is on most of the cuts here. For Premier fans, one of the three
    records in this a set of “instrumentals” (which for DJ’s please
    note may still have some vocals scratched in on the chorus
    sections). Group Home on the mic are two guys from Gang Starr
    Lil Dap (with lip twisting slight lisp quipping synapse
    slipping grammar damage) and Melachi the Nutcracker (with
    the well-enunciated thin-but-not-emaciated more logic locked
    and glock cocked cliche clicking in the pocket). On “Sacrifice”
    Melachi starts things out with a Morris-Minor sped up intro
    that makes him sound like an angry infant, but then that beat
    has some killer junkyard guitar and sax punctuation. Isaac
    Hayes? “4 Give My Sins” has cool dramatic tension in the
    beats, and horns hiding around the corners. I think the stuff
    that has a dark, sort-of-spacey vibe (electric piano samples
    turn into stars) and shimmering cymbals is Premier work…and
    while much deserved love goes out to the production here, I
    have to say that MC’s, I do think add to the flavor of the
    pieces more than the flack they get nearly 20 years after the
    release of this. Cliches may have been on the way back in the
    day, but I think this is how Brooklyn felt and sounded back
    then, and here’s Livin’ Proof…

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on October 15, 2013 at 3:58 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Hip Hop
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