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 Post subject: Group Home - A Tear For The Ghetto
PostPosted: 03/13/05 03:11:16 AM 
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1999 Replay Records

I can't run down a track-by-track production list, because the liner notes are near impossible to read, but production is by: Agallah, Charlie Maratta, Alchemist, Lil' Dap, Rad, DJ Premier, Buggy Eye, Jiv Pos

1. Tear Shit Down - 3
2. Da Real GH - 3
3. Stupid MF's - 4.5
4. Street Life - 2
5. Sun For A Reason (feat. Guru) - 4
6. The Legacy (feat. Guru) - 4.5
7. Run For Your Life - 3
8. Make It In Life - 3.5
9. A Train X-Press - 3.5
10. Be Like That - 3
11. Dial-A-Thug - 2.5
12. Politic All Night - 2
13. Keep Rising - 3
14. We Can Do This - 3.5
15. 12 O'Clock - 4
16. Oh Sweet America - 3.5
17. Breaker 1-9 - 1.5
18. Beefin' For Rap (feat. Steph Lova) - 3
19. Game Recognize Game - 3.5
20. Life Ain't Shit - 4

Overall: 3 / 5

Although it's obviously no "Livin' Proof", "A Tear for The Ghetto" is a decent follow-up effort. Everyone automatically looks towards the production when Group Home is involved, but, truth be told, Lil' Dap isn't that bad on this album (Malachi is fucking terrible, though). Lil' Dap doesn't say too much, but stays in line with the street theme. They have a particular style that tends to work with the production and Lil' Dap's voice is actually my biggest complaint about the performance. Basically, the rhyming is decent.

So onto the beats. Most of the production has a dark sound that works nice with Lil' Dap's style. Not all of the beats are strong, and towards the end they begin to sound very similar, but what they lack in intricacy they make up for in cohesiveness. The sound of the album is very consistent and works surprisingly well despite the handful of sparse, underproduced tracks. The strong tracks are excellent, while the bad ones are really more bland than bad.

Because of Premier's absence (except on "Legacy"), the follow-up to "Livin' Proof" is an expected step down. There's a handful of lackluster material, but amidst some mediocrity, there are some excellent, gritty tracks. Decent overall.


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Thanks. :afro:

I bought Vol. 1 of this (= the first 10 tracks) on a record sale for something arround 5 euros, apparently they decided to split the vinyl version up in two volumes (don't know if they did that with the CD-version as well). I actually liked it a lot, although, some tracks are as you said it, a little bit underproduced. Sun For A Reason and Da Real GH are fucking insane while The Legacy has one of Premiers lesser beats IMO (that doesn't mean much tho, it's still a dope beat). I'll pick Vol. 2 up if I can find it cheap

Production credits for the first 10 tracks:
Agallah: 1, 7, 8, 10 (not sure about the last one)
Charlie Maratta: 2
Alchemist: 3
Lil' Dap: 4
DJ Premier: 6
Rad/Triple Beam: 9

Indeed, the credits of this album are structured horribly...

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They should've stuck with Premo on the whole album...

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3/5 Half the album is nice and then theres alot of ok and crap

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Group Home - A Tear For The Ghetto
Executive Producers: Guru & Lil' Dap

1. Tear Shit Down
Produced by Agallah

2. Da Real GH / Interlude w/ Black E-Starr, Kai-Bee, Jack The Ripper & Blackadon
Produced by Charlie Maratta
Contains samples of "Acoustic Lady (Pt. I, II) by Earl Klugh

3. Stupid Muthafuckas (30 Minutes To War)
Produced by The Alchemist

4. Street Life
Produced by Lil' Dap

5. Sun For A Reason w/ Black E-Starr & Guru
Produced by Rad

6. The Legacy
Produced by Lil' Dap & Gang Starr

7. Run For Your Life w/ Blackadon & Agallah
Produced by Agallah

8. Make It In Life w/ Kai-Bee
Produced by Agallah
Contains a sample of "Trouble Man" by Marvin Gaye

9. A Train X-Press
Produced by Rad

10. Be Like That / Interlude w/ Guru, Black E-Starr & Blackadon
Produced by Agallah

11. Dial A Thug w/ Black E-Starr, Brainsick & Blackadon
Produced by Rad
Contains a sample of "Livin' In The Life" by Caron Wheeler

12. Politic All Night
Produced by Lil' Dap

13. Keep Rising w/ Black E-Starr & Jack The Ripper
Produced by Lil' Dap

14. We Can Do This
Produced by Jiv Pos

15. 12 O'Clock w/ Nikki Bondz & Black Rose Family
Produced by All The Kings Men Productions

16. Oh Sweet America
Produced by Agallah & Group Home

17. Breaker 1-9 / Interlude w/ Kai-Bee
Produced by Buggy Eye Productions

18. Beefin' For Rap w/ Steph Lova
Produced by Agallah

19. Game Recognize Game w/ Black E-Starr, Kai-Bee, Jack The Ripper & Blackadon
Produced by Charlie Maratta

20. Life Ain't Shit
Produced by Charlie Maratta

All Interludes performed by Mike Epps & Dominique Witten

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