Arrested Development (Vagabond Productions / US)

Formed in Atlanta in 1988, this American Hip Hop group was founded by rap vocalist Todd Thomas « Speech » and turntablist Timothy Barnwell (« Headliner ») as a positive, Afrocentric alternative to the gangsta rap popular in the early 1990s. After their debut album « 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of… « , the group won two Grammy Awards in 1993 for Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, and were also named Band of the Year by Rolling Stone magazine. In 1996, after a 4 years break due to « creative differences », the group reunited in 2000 and has been touring and releasing records via Speech’s Vagabond Productions and Speech Music. In 2016, the group published two albums consecutively : « Changing the Narrative » and « This Was Never Home ». Almost a quarter century later and 12 albums, between soul, blues, hip-hop, funk and political and conscious lyrics, Arrested Development are still advocating the return to nature and simplicity.

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