Arrested Development, formed in 1988 in Atlanta, was one of the most successful hip-hop band in the 1990s, and it continues to impress its fans with new albums. Formed by Speech (birth name Todd Thomas) and Headliner (birth name Timothy Barnwell), one of his vest buddies at the time, the band soon became a huge success. A fresh approach to an Afrocentric hip-hop music, with a strong focus on providing a new alternative to the gangsta rap style, Arrested Development holds an important spot among rap musicians.
The growing fame
Even though the band was formed in 1988, their first album was released only four years later, in 1992. In fact, it was a bit less than four years. The title of the debut album pretty much says it all: “3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of…” With such songs as “People Everyday”, “Mr.Wendal”, and “Tennessee”, the ally was soon voted as one of the best ones in the rap genre. Less than a year later, the band won three Grammy awards and was also named the band of the year by Rolling Stones magazine.
However, the following album, Zingalamaduni, was far less successful. A couple of years, later, in 1996 Headliner left the band, and Speech realised his solo album. After that, Arrested Development seemed to become a history, until the huge lawsuit with a Fox Channel that launched an Arrested Development TV series in 2003.
Reunion and further works
In 2000, Arrested Development reunited; Headliner, however, never returned to the band. Current members of the band include Montsho Eshe, One Love, and Tasha Larae. Since 200, the reunited band launched several albums: Da Feelin' EP (2000), Heroes of the Harvest (2002), Heroes of the Harvest (2003), Among The Trees (2004), Since The Last Time (2006), Strong (2010, and the most successful one, too), Standing At The Crossroads (2012), and This Was Never Home (2016). Even though the latest works have not received much praise and recognition, the band still has thousands of loyal fans all over the globe.