Group Home – Supa Star

group-home-supa-star-back-n-the-day-buffet1 Group Home released their debut single “Supa Star” and was released back in 1995. The song was the first single off their debut album “Livin’ Proof” and was produced by DJ Premier.    The album was produced by DJ Premier, Guru and Big Jaz.  The album dropped on Payday Records and the group consists of MC’s Lil Dap and Melachi the Nutcracker.  The group is also affiliated with Gang Starr.

The first time we saw Lil Dap was on the Gang Starr video of “Just To Get A Rep” (as Shorty) track and the first time we heard him was on Gang Starr’s “I’m The Man” that also featured Jeru The Damaja. The first time we heard Melachi the Nutcracker, was on the Gang Starr track “Suckas Need Bodyguards“.  When we heard that a Group Home album was going to drop, we knew that Premier was going to be behind the boards.

The track sounds like it belongs on a Gang Starr album and borrows Cameo’sHanging Downtown” intro and a drum sample of James Brown’sFunky President“.  The tracks sounds, smells and tastes like a Premier track and is a classic as soon as you hear it.  The lyrics are about living in the ghetto and both MC’s flow like water on top of these Primo beats!  The rhymes are original and semi-complex and gives the listener an easy way to understand what they’ve been thru.

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The album living proof also contains the hit “Livin’ Proof” and is worth checking out. You will notice that every Premier beat is on point but sometimes the beat outshines the rhyme.  At times you feel like Guru or Jeru is going to come on the track and spit some bars (they do on “Serious Rap Shit” and Suspended in Time respectively).  It’s an album you can’t pass up!

[Intro]
Lil’ Dap: Damn son
Melachi: What the fuck is wrong with you man?
Shit shouldn’t be happening out here man
Niggas don’t be realizin’ the shit, man
But yo, tell ’em what you be seein’ out your window
Lil’ Dap: Yo I be seeing out my window gunshots everyday
Melachi:Man yo I be seeing sex money and drugs too but yo
Tell ’em how Duke said
Lil’ Dap: The world’s about to end

[Verse 1: Melachi the Nutcracker]
Born in the ghetto it’s hard to survive
Some have achieved and many brothers tried
But I realized which life to choose
I wanna make money so I gotta pay dues
But there’s no rules and you only have one chance
If ya fuck up kid you face the circumstance
At night I used to scream and shout
Livin’ in the ghetto trying to get the hell out
So I would try as I watch my friends die
But all I could do was sit back and cry
These are feelings I’m expressing through my rhymes
I been through hard times so many problems on my mind
I wasn’t living rich and I also wasn’t poor
I try to appreciate but I deserve more
Yeah superman supa star
Give me super fat dough like Pablo Escobar
“Super duper star”

[Verse 2: Lil’ Dap]
Feared by bandits hated by chicks
Loved by kids I never did a bid
Yes the Group Home is thick
Plus I don’t eat beef cause get dizzy if ya think shit is weak
Yo I work hard and hard my man trace it down to the car
After that keep it movin’ have no time to be foolin’
Around town A&R’s you get down with the hype sound
The things I say will make a grown man dream
I speak sayings “Go by yourself, be by yourself”
Let my lyrics vibrate and shake the earth
I travel ghetto to ghetto back streets to the street
Kick a rhyme or crime with this ill mastermind
Mom dukes used to tell me with these tears in her eyes
Now I’m out on my own survival with the dime
Like an African tribe little Dap will blow your mind
Check it out like this

Melachi:
And then like that

“Super star”

[Hook]
(“So what the fuck y’all movin’ on up”)
(“Yes the Group Home is thick so all y’all punks hear this)” (x3)
(“So what the fuck y’all movin’ on up”)
(“Yo check it check it out like this here we go”)

[Verse 3: Melachi]
Walkin’ the tunnels of hell the next level
It’s the Nutcracker givin’ hell to the devil
Playin’ the game the New York pain
Makes me wanna bust but I just maintain
Cause nowadays I talk to a brother
Always love your mother cause you’ll never get another
In the streets bustin’ off shots fuck the cops
I got superstar props
Big time doe, money is a thriller
I’m gettin’ more iller than the Zodiac killer
No lie but before I say bye
You can’t take money with cha when you die

“Super duper star”

[Verse 4: Lil’ Dap]
Yo I got niggas flipping they wig
Chicks grabbing they cunts
As they rhyme they get doper and then they greet me with blunts
One times for your mind before I brake these streets
Ain’t nothing holding me back hip hop track
Yo son you know the feelin’ shit will get revealed
As the times will get better
And you know I got skills I seen the days turn into nights
As the stars shine bright
Motherfuckers Moet and chicks they keep steppin’
Like Dom Perignon one day will live large
Word to Allah and it don’t seem hard
No more jealousy and envy
Curse is put upon me
Watch me live free at the clink
With my niggas you’ll see
Raising to the top like a rocket ship, yo I go far
“Super star”

[Hook]

-Al E.

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