Arrested Development are true trailblazers within hip-hop music. Since 1991 they’ve championed colorful sounds, while spreading a unique mixture of consciousness and musicality around the globe. Awarded as one of the greatest hip-hop artists of all time VH-1. Awarded 2 MTV Awards, 2 Grammy Awards and if that wasn't enough, their song Tennessee which was voted one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!
Arrested Development was the first African – American artists to donate to the African National Congress (ANC) to end the pains of apartheid. Sharing the stage with Nelson Mandela in South Africa (1994) was a highlight for the group! Their representation of eclectic African clothing, diverse beats & Pan-African lyrics, flew in the face of the mostly celebrated thug, pimp, sex-craved jezebel and drug-dealer stereotypes.
AD was the 2nd ever in hip-hop to tour with a live band, to have female and male members, plus boast a message of hope, change and celebrating life. They were poised to change the direction of rap forever, but that would not end up happening. Some theorize that major labels and other powers sabotaged the group’s success to keep the masses from activism and consciousness. Others note the groups inner turmoil as the culprit. Either way, the collective took a hiatus between 1995 and 2000. Since 2000, they’ve released numerous albums primarily overseas, each garnered the group top ten hits in Asia or major tours throughout the world.
When asked recently about the state of hip-hop during the last two decades, AD front man Speech, commented “there is little to no balance; the flood of rap artists turned corporate moguls reflects how the genre is losing its creative & diverse spirit. We said in our first album, we won’t sell out just to be sold out and we haven’t, I’m proud”.