When Arrested Development’s debut appeared in 1992, the Atlanta band seemed to herald a new dawn in hip-hop. It seemed they had created a distinctly rural, Southern brand of the genre to blow apart the East Coast/West Coast factionalism.
The album, 3 Years, 5 Months And 2 Days In The Life Of Arrested Development, was titled after the time it took to land a recording contract.
The centrepiece is the thumping hit Tennessee, a half-spoken, half-sung conversation with God that beautifully articulates the painful legacy of slavery better than any other hip-hop track.
Todd ‘Speech’ Thomas
Tim ‘Headliner’ Barnwell
Aerle Taree (Taree Jones)
Montsho Eshe (Temelca Garther)
Donald ‘Rasa Don’ Jones