Group Home

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Group Home
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Background information
OriginNew York City, New York, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Years active1990–present
Replay Records
MembersMelachi the Nutcracker
Lil' Dap

Group Home is a hip hop duo, composed of members Lil' Dap (birth name James Heath; b. March 6, 1972) and Melachi the Nutcracker (birth name Jamal Felder; b. October 5, 1977).[1] They came to prominence as members of the Gang Starr Foundation. Lil' Dap made his rhyming debut on Gang Starr's 1992 classic Daily Operation on the song "I'm the Man".[1] Both members appeared on Gang Starr's critically acclaimed 1994 effort Hard to Earn, on the tracks "Speak Ya Clout" and "Words from the Nutcracker".[1] In 1995, the group released its debut album, Livin' Proof.[1] The album was very well received, mainly due to DJ Premier's advanced production work, described by Allmusic as "rhythmic masterpieces".[1][2] A second album A Tear for the Ghetto was released in 1999, this time with only one track produced by DJ Premier.[1]

Since then, little has been heard of the group. Lil' Dap released a solo single, "Brooklyn Zone", in 2001, and guested on several other releases.[1] As of 2007, Lil' Dap is an independent artist. He released in 2008 a solo album called I.A.Dap.

Currently, the duo occasionally performs and goes on tour with other artists, such as Cypress Hill. Melachi currently suffers from emotional turmoil from prior drug abuse.


List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
Livin' Proof
  • Released: November 21, 1995
  • Label: Payday, FFRR, PolyGram
  • Format: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
A Tear for the Ghetto
  • Released: June 1, 1999
  • Label: Replay
  • Format: CD, LP, cassette, digital download
Where Back
  • Released: April 23, 2008
  • Label: Lastrum
  • Format: CD, digital download
Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal
  • Released: September 28, 2010
  • Label: Babygrande
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Released: February 28, 2017
  • Label: Smoke On
  • Format: CD, digital download


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Shapiro, Peter (2005) The Rough Guide to Hip-Hop, 2nd ed., Rough Guides, ISBN 1-84353-263-8, p.165
  2. ^ DiBella, M.F. "Livin' Proof Review", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation
  3. ^ "Group Home – Chart history: R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 8, 2017.

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