'One of the greatest hip-hop artists of all time'
By David Wood
Where: Stroud Subscription Rooms
When: Saturday, November 10, 8pm
Arrested Development (AD) - true trailblazers within hip-hop music - are coming to Stroud next month.
Since 1991 they've championed colourful 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 by VH-1, and awarded two MTV Awards (93).
If that wasn't enough, their song Tennessee 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 single's royalties to the National Coalition of the Homeless.
Their dance smash, People Everyday (Metamorphosis mix) addresses the tension between ignorance and consciousness, while paying homage to Sly & the Family Stone.
MTV's Buzz Clip was the first major video outlet to play their music video Tennessee, which exposed them to the broader world.
Spin magazine, New York Times, LA Times among many others juggernauts featured AD on their covers.
Despite their topics being an analyzation and celebration of black reality in America, people of all backgrounds relate to Arrested Development's music.
AD won two Grammy awards (1993 - Best New Artist & Best Rap Single - Tennessee), Rolling Stone 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.
Tickets for AD's gig at Stroud Subscription Rooms cost £19.50 in advance, £21.50 on the door. For more details, call the box office on 01453 760900 or go to http://www.subscriptionrooms.org.uk/whats-on/arrested-development/
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