Tue. Sep. 28, 2021

Arrested Development – People Everyday

Classics: Arrested Development – People Everyday (Chrysalis)

One of the numerous illustrations of ther versatility of Atlanta’s music scene… Arrested Development made quite some noise with the release of ‘3 Years, 5 Months And 2 Days In The Life Of…’ back in 1992. An album – their very first – which earned them 2 Grammy Awards the year after. One for Best New Artist and the other for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. With thanks to the memorable ‘Tennessee’. But also to ‘People Everyday’ which, although not as famous as the latter, stand among their signature cuts.

They owe a part of their success to the fact they appeared as a fresh and positive alternative to the then dominant Gangsta Rap. Alas they built up a sporadical profile, most likely because of regular internal conflicts…

Rap vocalist Todd Thomas (Speech) and turntablist Timothy Barnwell (Headliner) formed Arrested Development by the time they were still students. That happened back in 1988 in Atlanta, GA. From then, they formed like a collective featuring people such as DJ Kemit, Aerle Taree and Baba Oje. But also Nadira Shakoor and Tasha LaRae to name a few.

AD scored their biggest success ever back in 1992 with their debut-album, ‘3 Years, 5 Months And 2 Days In The Life Of…’ They soon after came with ‘Revolution’. A track whuch they recorded for the Spike Lee directed biopic based on the life of Malcolm X. The group disbanded soon after the release of their second album, ‘Zingalamaduni’. An album which didn’t manage to reach their expectations in terms of sales.

They reunited in 2000 though, mainly meeting success in Japan. Headliner refused to rejoin though because of business differences with Speech. From then, AD would have regular changes in terms of line-ups. And although they released 10 albums to date, they never managed to get back to the position which was theirs during their ealy days.

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