Frank Knows Rap blog 1st installment  |  Written by jazzsoon

I remember the first time I heard "Supa Star" on the radio (yes NYC used to play good rap music on the radio) I was about 14, it was 94 and I was hooked. From that point on I was impatiently waiting for the album. So a year later when it dropped I went up the block to the record store on 9th St. And 5th ave and bought the cassette tape.

That intro leading into inner city life got rewound a million times before I let it rock. It still plays in my head without warning. Vocals by lil dap and Melachi the nutcracker( how can you front on a name like Melachi the nutcracker) beats by DJ Premier!!!

In my opinion "livin proof" and "hard to earn" are my favorite Premier beats. The drums, sample choices, programming, and signature rhythm cuts are all in full effect here. Definitely one of my top 10 rap albums of all time. As far as I'm concerned this is an album that doesn't need a sequel although I would love to hear them do it again but it was a homerun the first time around.

Classic comes to mind when you say Group Home "Livin Proof" I still can't choose which version of "Up against the wall" I like better there both so flavorful. "2 thousand" "The Realness" "Sacrifice" "Suspended in time" "Baby pah" not to mention the Big Jaz and Guru production etc, etc the whole album could have been broken down to singles. The interludes were amazing especially the dice game one. Let's not forget this album also introduced us to the Brainsick Mob,  Smiley the Ghetto Child and Absaloot. If your reading this hopefully you know about this record if you don't please go pick it up listen to it learn it and love it finally on some levar Burton ish "you don't have to take my word for it":)



  1. Hi, great content. Are the pictures photos or scans?

    1. Strictly Cassette18.6.13

      Tapes are photos and the J-Card image is a scan.


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