Group Home

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Group Home
Origin New York City, New York
Genres Hip hop
Years active 1990–present
Labels Payday/FFRR/PolyGram
Replay Records
Members Melachi the Nutcracker
Lil' Dap

Group Home is a hip hop duo, composed of members Lil' Dap (birth name James Heath) and Melachi the Nutcracker (birth name Jamal Felder).[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 solo album called I.A.Dap He was featured on Large Professor's 2008 album Main Source.

Nas referred to Group Home on the track "Where are They Now?" from his album Hip Hop Is Dead. During 2015, Jadar Illumine (birth name Jason Rhoden) UK producer and promoter for Real Records will collaborate with Group Home to promote future projects and negotiate with video game companies such as Nintendo relating to musical renditions, educational learning for young adults, teenagers and children for global awareness. Lil' Dap has also featured on Dj Denco's (birth name Dennis Cohoone) Flip Side Show for Newstyle Radio 98.7FM. Episodes 69,70,71,72 have showcased Supa Star, Code of the street, street Life remix and the lead single "The Golden Age" for the forthcoming Group Home LP entitled "Dap" due to fall in 2016


Album information
Livin' Proof
  • Released: November 21, 1995
  • Billboard 200 chart position:
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: 34
  • Singles: "Supa Star"/"Livin' Proof"/"Supa Dupa Star"/"Suspended in Time"/"The Realness"
A Tear for the Ghetto
  • Released: June 1, 1999
  • Billboard 200 chart position:
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position:
  • Singles: "Stupid Muthafuckas"/"Legacy"/"Make It in Life"/"Stupid Muthafuckas"
Where Back
  • Released: 2008
  • Billboard 200 chart position:
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position:
  • Singles:
Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal
  • Released: September 28, 2010


  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

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