Livin' Proof

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Livin' Proof
Studio album by Group Home
Released November 21, 1995
Recorded 1994-95
Genre East Coast hip hop
Hardcore hip hop
Underground Hip Hop
Length 49:12
Label Payday/FFRR/PolyGram Records
124 079 United States
828 730 (international)
Producer DJ Premier
Big Jaz
Guru
Group Home chronology
Livin' Proof
(1995)
A Tear for the Ghetto
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Source 3.5/5 stars[2]

Livin' Proof is the debut album from Gang Starr affiliates Group Home. The album featured the hit[citation needed] underground single "Supa Star" and the production work of DJ Premier. The album is known both for the supposed sub-par rhyming and superior instrumental work.[3][4] It is widely considered to be Premier's most focused work to date[citation needed] but is often overshadowed by his work with more proficient emcees. Premier produced all the album's songs apart from "Serious Rap Shit" and "4 Give My Sins," which were produced by Guru and Big Jaz, respectively.

"Supa Star" also appeared in the soundtrack of the 2008 video game Grand Theft Auto IV and is prominently featured in the movie Boiler Room.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Performer (s)
1 "Intro" *Introduction*
2 "Inna-Citi Life" Lil' Dap, Melachi the Nutcracker
3 "Livin' Proof" Lil' Dap, Melachi the Nutcracker
4 "Serious Rap Shit" Guru, Lil' Dap, Melachi the Nutcracker, Big Shug
5 "Suspended in Time" Lil' Dap, Melachi the Nutcracker, Jeru the Damaja (outro)
6 "Sacrifice" Absaloot, Melachi the Nutcracker
7 "Up Against the Wall
(Low Budget Mix)"
Lil' Dap, Melachi the Nutcracker
8 "4 Give My Sins" Melachi the Nutcracker, Lil' Dap
9 "Baby Pa" Lil' Dap
10 "2 Thousand" Lil' Dap, Melachi the Nutcracker
11 "Supa Star" Melachi the Nutcracker, Lil' Dap
12 "Up against tha Wall
(Getaway Car Mix)"
Lil' Dap, Melachi the Nutcracker
13 "Tha Realness" Smiley the Ghetto Child, Lil' Dap,
Brainsick Mob
[Japan / Netherlands Bonus Track]
14 "So-Called Friends" Lil' Dap, Melachi the Nutcracker

Samples Used[edit]

Source: Rap Sample FAQ[5]

Album Chart Positions[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums Top Heatseekers
1995 Livin Proof - #34 #12

Singles Chart Positions[edit]

Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
1994 "Supa Star" #85 #85 #19 #8
"Livin' Proof" - - #26 #5
1995 "Suspended In Time" - #82 #34 #10

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ The Source review
  3. ^ Shapiro, Peter (2005) The Rough Guide to Hip-Hop, 2nd ed., Rough Guides, ISBN 1-84353-263-8, p.165
  4. ^ DiBella, M.F. "Livin' Proof Review", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  5. ^ www.the-breaks.com, AKA The (Rap) Sample FAQ