|Origin||New York City, New York|
|Years active||1990 - Present|
Group Home is a hip hop duo, composed of members Lil' Dap and Melachi the Nutcracker. 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". 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". In 1995, the group released its debut album, Livin' Proof. The album was very well received, mainly due to DJ Premier's advanced production work, described by Allmusic as "rhythmic masterpieces". A second album A Tear for the Ghetto was released in 1999, this time with only one track produced by DJ Premier.
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. As of 2007, Lil' Dap is an independent artist, and is in studio working on another project. He was featured on Large Professor's 2008 album Main Source.
|A Tear for the Ghetto
A group home is a private house that serves as a non-secure home for unrelated people who share a common characteristic. In the United States, the term most often refers to homes for people who need social assistance or who are not able to live alone or without proper supervision. Before the 1970s, this function was served by institutions, asylums, poorhouses, orphanages and Victorian colonies.
People who live in a group home may be recovering drug addicts, developmentally disabled, abused or neglected youths, and/or young people with criminal records. A group home is different from a halfway house because it is not restricted to recovering addicts or convicted criminals, and also because the people who live there usually are asked or made to help maintain the household by doing chores or helping to manage a budget. In most countries, people can still vote and attend university while in a group home.
There are typically from 3 to 16 residents, as well as a resident manager or service staff. Residents may have their own room or share rooms, and share facilities such as laundry, bathroom, kitchen and common living areas. The opening of group homes in neighborhoods is occasionally opposed by residents, who fear that it will lead to a rise in crime and/or a drop in property values.
A group home can also refer to family homes in which children and youth of the foster care system are placed until foster families are found for them.