Group Home - Livin' Proof
DJ Premier’s yin to Pete Rock’s yang (Center Of Attention is on Spotify, although it’s sort of hidden), Livin’ Proof is one of those albums where the beats are imprinted in your memory long after the disposable rhymes fade away. “Suspended In Time” conveys the song title’s mind state, “Up Against The Wall” is escapism in pure form, and “Supa Star” is like the feeling you get on a long subway ride.
Livin’ Proof is evidence of Premier’s vintage sonic depth, as the drums are always gritty and his samples are sprinkled lightly in between the raps of Melachi and Lil’ Dap. If only the obligatory albums that the “homies of the rap stars” put out once their friends blow up had beats even close to what Primo was doing on here, a lot more of them would be tolerable.