Arrested Development
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3 Years 5 Months and 2 Days In The Life (1992), 7/10
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Progressive rap of the kind pioneered by Public Enemy thrived with groups such as Arrested Development, the project of Atlanta-based rapper Todd "Speech" Thomas and disc-jockey Tim "Headliner" Barnwell. On their debut album, 3 Years 5 Months and 2 Days In The Life (1992), whose title refers to the time it took to find a record contract, they largely dispensed with the anger of early rappers and instead delivered soulful and uplifting statements such as Tennessee, People Everyday (based on Sly Stone's Everyday People) and Mr Wendal, that appealed to mainstream audience as well as to hardcore militants. Alas, Zingalamaduni (1994) showed all the limits of the duo, which eventually disbanded. By the standards of rap, their style was bucolic, influenced by gospel music and spirituals but propelled by urban rhythms.

Speech recorded his first solo in 1996.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Stefano Pertile) stefanopertile@libero.it

Il rap progressista alla maniera iniziata dai Public Enemy prosperò con gruppi come gli Arrested Development, progetto del rapper di Atlanta Todd "Speech" Thomas  e del disc-jockey Tim "Headliner" Barnwell. Sul loro album di debutto, 3 Years 5 Months and 2 Days In The Life (1992), il cui titolo si riferisce al tempo impiegato per trovare un contratto discografico, si sono ampiamente dispensati dalla rabbia dei primi rappers ed hanno invece pronunciato affermazioni appassionate e nobilitanti come Tennessee, People Everyday (basata su  Everyday People di Sly Stone) e  Mr Wendal, che attirarono tanto l' audience mainstream quanto i militanti dell'hardcore. Ahimé Zingalamaduni (1994) mostrò tutti i limiti del duo, che alla fine si sciolse. Per gli standards del rap, il loro stile era bucolico, ifluenzato dalla musica gospel e dagli spirituals sebbene alimentato dai ritmi urbani.

Speech ha registrato il suo primo lavoro solista nel 1996.

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