2 Decades of Genuine Hip Hop
Historically, there’s BC and AD-- Musically, it’s all about AD. Arrested Development wants to take you to another time and place. Making and breaking Records
It’s been nearly 15 years
since a new group called Arrested Development
slammed into the world of hip hop with defiant lyrics of what? Hope. How dare them! Apparently the world was ready for the change as AD ripped 2 Grammy awards
, one for best new artist
and one for best rap single
, which was a first. Money came in but not for stones and big cars. Instead, these folks took one big step forward by giving back and becoming the first black artists to donate money to Nelson Mandela and the ANC. As backup for the voice of the people, AD was then hired to compose music for Spike Lee
’s major motion picture, X
Their first album, 3 years, 5 months & 2 days In The Life of...,
sold over 4 million units
, with singles from that maiden voyage playing like a soundtrack in life for so many. MTV awarded
the effort with best rap single of 1992 and best musical video. Reflecting that song’s lyrics, half of the royalties from AD’s biggest single, Mr. Wendal
were donated to the National Coalition for the Homeless
That’s all good, but it’s just a warm up to what’s coming. After a few well deserved years off, Arrested Development began touring again in the year 2,000. All that experience has built to a new musical peak, as this 19 piece mob sets out to change the world of music, again. Life Music
A new revolution has been born, something the AD family call Life Music
. It’s as if sound had received a transfusion of new blood and came pounding forth with a heart of flesh.
Seeing Arrested Development live is not only a trip, but a journey to other lands and places
not found on any map—emotional destinations tattooed deeply on the human heart. As crowds sway, dance, laugh, cry and, in some cases, even get in touch with who they were created to be, the group transports true believers beyond themselves, creating a current connecting body, mind and soul. The light comes on and darkness flees by the back door. Eshe
, the group’s main dancer, choreographer and vocalist, says, “We get on stage every night as warriors of rhythm and storytellers of dignity.” Speech
, AD’s founder and lead vocalist puts it this way, “We have a passion to broaden the game and inspire the people.”
In the past, the closest comparison to AD was the legendary Sly and the Family Stone
, when they were in their peak, spreading good feelings through their music around the world. Today, there is no comparison to a vibe that the eternally young can move to. Since the Last Time
After 20 years warming up, Arrested Development gives up their latest offering, Since the Last Time
, a polished gem which is “a mixture of an easy going, but lively group of songs meant to stir up belief and thirst. Life Music takes people to a higher level through music.” Speaking about the new release, 76 year old elder and AD member, Baba Oje
said, “We wanted to add old fashioned party songs to our catalog. It shows our fun side.” Stand
, a track from the new release, sums up the vibe:
People don’t change cuz of words alone
Yet a nation can be moved by one person who’s strong
And truth can be buried for moments of time
But like the last day buried things are bound to rise.
Rise above and embrace Life Music.
See AD live if you can. If not, get the new CD. We can’t promise it will add years to your life, but it will definitely add life to your years. See it. Hear it. Feel it. Believe it.
Arrested Development’s newest CD, “Since The Last Time
” can be purchased on line or in record stores Oct. 30th 2007 on VAGABOND RECORDS & TAPES
ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT members are: SPEECH, ESHE, ONE LOVE, NICHA (lead vocals). RASADON (aka DON NORRIS) - drummer, vocalist / graphic artist. BABA OJE' (74 yrs old) - elder / dancer / vocalist. JJ BOOGIE – Guitar, programming.
ZA' – Bass guitar and programming.