@ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill – Show @ 9PM (Doors @ 7PM)
Arrested Development (AD) 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 (93), 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! AD’s hit song “Mr. Wendal” brought much needed attention to the plight of the homeless and the group gave half of that singles royalties to the National Coalition of the Homeless. Their dance smash, “People Everyday” (Metamorphosis mix) addresses the tension between ignorance & consciousness, while paying homage to Sly & the Family Stone.
Despite their topics being an analyzation and celebration of black reality in America, people of all backgrounds relate to Arrested Development’s music. The Grammy’s we’re among the first to “get it!” AD won two Grammy awards (1993 – Best New Artist & Best Rap Single – Tennessee), Rollingstone Magazine named them band of the year in 1992 and they were the first, and last rap group (thus far), to win the Grammy’s coveted Best New Artist award. 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.
Arrested Development was the first ever in rap music to have an elder (Baba Oje) who brought wisdom to the youthful energy of the group. 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 groups 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. (See 20th Anniversary Tour)« Back to Events