Who doesn’t remember Arrested Development? “Tennessee?” “Mr. Wendal?” Huge hits that still pull the heartstrings of old schoolers and modern-day nolstagia lovers alike. And thankfully, their reunion in 2006 sees them returning to the hip-hop soul that contemporaries like Spearhead have kept alive. We’re giving one lucky winner a free chance to refresh your memory on how fantastic this group was, and still is.Scroll down to enter.. Coming to Downtown Brew, next Tuesday, August 18th, tickets are still available here, at DTB and at the door. Opening act Venomous Voices hits the stage at 8:30. We’ll pick a winner this Friday.
One of the major success stories of 1992, Arrested Development are a progressive rap collective fusing soul, blues, hip-hop, and Sly & the Family Stone-influenced funk with political, socially conscious lyrics. Arrested Development’s debut album took its title from the amount of time it took the group to secure a record contract; 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of… produced the hit single “Tennessee”. Its two follow-ups, “People Everyday” (a rewrite of Sly’s “Everyday People”) and “Mr. Wendal” top the charts likewise. Accolades poured in; Arrested Development won Grammys for Best Rap Album and Best New Artist, and was named Rolling Stone’s Band of the Year. 3 Years… was a major influence on a new breed of alternative southern hip-hop, including Goodie Mob, OutKast, and Nappy Roots, and it still stands as one of the better albums of its kind.