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Arrested Development

1992

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As someone who listens to a lot of hip-hop, this for me is very much a hip-hop history artifact. I don't want to put it up against today's brand of hip-hop because its gone through such an evolution that its not the same genre as it was back then. That being said compared to contemporary albums of that year like Dr. Dre's "The Chronic" and Beastie Boys' "Check Your Head" the lyrics and delivery do come off a bit corny to me. I respect they were trying to be an antithesis to the popular gangster rap of the late 80s/early 90s and bring some positivity to rap, but I felt like I was being preached to with their straight to the point lyrics. Some of the songs were really repetitive as well. There is definitely a way to make conscious, positivity infused rap work. The rapper Common is a great example of making conscious rap interesting by using intricate rhyme schemes laden with metaphor and wordplay. While I found Speech's delivery a little simplistic, I did love the instrumentation! They used a lot of live instruments, which I always appreciate in a hip-hop group. And I don't want to totally yuck anyones yums because I did enjoy the "Everyday People" cover on "People Everyday," and the song "U" was another standout bop for me as well. While these tracks were pretty cool they were not enough to save the album for me.

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There's always moods for every genre, and Arrested Development bring a positive, uplifting light in their debut album while tackling very real (and still very relevant) issues regarding race and the government. A lot of rap's power usually comes from anger, especially in a lot of gangsta rap, but the way Headliner and Speech flow in their statements with the upbeat rhythms and harmonic samples is so memorable. It's hard not to take away the influence that their inflection and delivery might of had on Childish Gambino. One of my favorite rap albums of the 90's. Favorite Song: Mr. Wendel Least Favorite: Children Play With Earth

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4

The beats are funky and fun and you can hear the influence it had on southern and alternative hip hop. Must have been a breath of fresh air during the gangsta rap era of the early 90s. Some of the subject matter in the lyrics came off a bit squeaky clean and naive though, but overall a fun listen. Favourite Tracks: Tennessee, U

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I really liked this... but found it went on too long. Have found that to be an issue with the hip hop albums on this list. Half way through i was like “this is a 4”, but few songs later (I’d say by the song Natural) I was doing. Anyway, too much focus on the negative! This was fun and got me bopping. Will go back and cherry pick my faves for a playlist.

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5

super good 90s hiphop. Uplifting, funky, reminded me of Tribe Called Quest, and that's always a good thing

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5

3 Years doesn’t get the credit it deserves when talking about all time great albums - even when I make my own lists, it doesn’t always pop right up despite being a forefather of southern hip hop and my personal gateway to music meaning something, sharing history, & meaningful stories. Prior to this my idea of hip hop was Beastie Boys, M.C. Hammer, Vanilla Ice, & DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince. License to Ill remains my favorite hip hop album ever, but it’s mostly about being rebellious and partying and the others were more “pop” radio hits that are fun, but didn’t contain a lot of substance. 3 Years…came along and addressed issues like slavery & homelessness in the black community and opened up my eyes as a white kid in a rural area to issues I hadn’t given much attention to - and they did so using music that still felt upbeat and optimistic. I don’t want to use too much hyperbole to overstate the importance of this album to my personal growth, but it is the perfect middle ground between the clean mainstream rap like “U Can’t Touch This” and “Parents Just Don’t Understand” and the “The Chronic” that came later that same year. It was clean, but it was real and raw and made a difference.

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5

A very strong spiritual, positive, alternative vein in hip-hop. I liked this quite a bit, and think it definitely needs to be listened to for any fans of Rap, let alone music.

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4

A really fun and enjoyable album. Nice new version of People Everyday on there that I hadn’t heard before. The whole album couldn’t help but put you in a good mood. So nearly a 5 but there are a lot of similar sort of hip hop albums that I rate higher so stopped short of awarding full marks. A solid/high 4 though.

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4

How have I never heard of this group or this album??? Like WHAT this feels like such an important album to be introduced to for anyone into rap, hip-hop, beats, scratching, etc. My main gripe with the album, hence the 4 star instead of 5, is that it feels like sometimes the mixing isn't great, where I wish I could hear the vocals more but they're covered by the beat. But I guess that actually kinda makes sense because I have the feeling that a majority of the usage of this album was on vinyls and people using the tracks to scratch to and grab instrumentals/samples from. Also, idk if it's just me but I feel like this album had a huge influence on Donald Glover when he was creating This is America. A lot of the album gave off the vibes of the instrumentals and chanting of This is America, especially Give A Man A Fish.

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4

This was such a refreshing throwback to the origins of hip-hop. The beats are peak boom-bap and so tasty. It has to be remembered that this album doesn't exist in a vacuum. The intentional step away from gangsta rap to talk about life, love, and loss is well executed - especially in context. It's a direct reproach of current trends in hip-hop at the time. It's an attempt to remind people that hip-hop was and can be a positive change platform. It's a little crazy, when you think about it, that this gets categorized as "alternative hip-hop" when it feels so throwback. The primary reason, I think, is that it did end up inspiring a whole host of artists to embrace hip-hop and push it past its gangsta pigeonhole. To push the genre in an alternate direction. You can hear the origins of bands like The Roots, Nappy Roots, Outkast, Jurassic 5, Blackstar and more here. No disrespect for the supremely talented Mr. Glover but Childish Gambino wouldn't exist if it weren't for acts like Arrested Development stepping away from the easy dollars of gangsta rap to embrace elements of funk, jazz, and rock and create something different. On top of ALL THAT, there are just some killer tracks on here. "People Everyday," "Mr. Wendal," and "Tennessee" are undeniable power jams and essential parts of the soundtrack of the early 90s. Haters gonna hate but this album slaps.

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This was a fun surprise. I love the production. Very early 90s hip hop but also really creative and aged well. It's like they combined 80s drum machines with a Sly Stone style band. Were they the pioneers of "conscious" rap? Taking on christianity, ecology, poverty. They also predicted the dawn of the 90s dreads, except that it would instead be white Phish fans and mom's on vacation in Mexico. Best lyrics "I want to be sleeping in you, I want to be inside you, I want to be sleeping deep in you, I want to be in you". Got it. I like the main guy's delivery. Very sing-songy and jazzy. Especially on Tennessee, which is a tight song. There's only one downside to all of these appealing things - it can be corny as hell. It's so difficult to take on giant societal problems and not come off like a preachy cheeseball. I tried to think of artists who came later that would potentially cite this album as an influence, and it's a motley crew - Common, Black Eyed Peas, G.Love, Jack Johnson? It's cool with me B+

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3

Some awesome funk tracks and pretty great rhythmic hip hop and rap, samples a little repetitive/rough in some songs and albums pretty long with what felt like a lot of filler

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Great sampling. I really respect what they did with rap thematically and every song has a distinct sound. I already loved People Everyday and it remains a favourite. I got a little bored and lost in the back half. Tennessee is another solid single.

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Absolutely zero prior knowledge of this group or album, so I got to go in with no preconceptions whatsoever. What a treat. I could mark it down for being a bit long or cheesy or God-y, but it's too damn joyous and too damn catchy. Didn't expect to be grooving along to a track called Fishin' 4 Religion today, but here we are. 3.5 (includes a discovery bonus of half a star).

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5

Really good album; I feel like it mixes genres a little bit and does it well.

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5

Fantastic album! Really enjoyed this one

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5

Easy listenin

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5

Gives me tribe vibes, good raps, political and not gangster

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5

I am a huge fan of this from the first track. I love the driving baseline. Lyrics are poignant. There is sounds that play at the end of each track before getting cut... It doesn't lead into the next track, wonder what it is for.

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5

I'm really glad I listened to this. I have to come back to it to digest it some more.

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5

Excellent album. Great track called Mr wendal brings back some great memories.

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5

Another fave album. So many great tunes. And a hip hop album that had a true conscious message to deliver.

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5

SAVORY WHOLESOME HIP HOP

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5

What a banger!

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5

Such a great album. Saw this band in 1994 at Lollapalooza in Toronto. Quite the antidote to the grunge crap that was everywhere in 1994.

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5

ну нормальный хепхап, слушатебельно и интересно, мягкий вокал, биты, инструменты, всё есть и всё збс

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5

very interesting

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5

Bops from start to finish. What a fun album.

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5

I take it to my hart️ 🎶

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5

yes, dit zijn mijn soort albums..prachtig...i am everyday people

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5

Incredible stuff, surprised I’ve never heard of them before.

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5

Never heard of Arrested Development before but this album is excellent. Mr. Wendal appears to be one of those songs I've heard numerous times before by never questioned its origin. Very similar to De La Soul with the addition of incredible female vocals

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5

loved it obv

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5

I remember "Tennessee" being one of the best songs I heard back in 1992 with a great chorus. It still great and this album is actually as I remember with the last time listening to it in the late 90's. It's a sprawling album with lots of songs, random noises, horns and harmonies. A great album no doubt but a long listen. The sampling is more along the lines of the Beastie Boys. A change to the gangsta rap (Dre/Snoop) popular at the time. Classified as Southern hip-hop. Influences heard from Sly and Prince. This album has more a groove and jazzy feel than a standard hip hop album. Other standout songs: "Mr Wendal", "Fishin' for Religion", Everyday People" and " Natural."

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5

This is pretty tight. Harmonicas are amazing.

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5

Extremely good and refreshing. Interesting beats, bass lines, lyrics, rhythms.

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5

great album total classic. Tennessee unh! The focus on samples and so much freedom with the lyrics. Its 90s as fuck. Not gangsta rap and probably sounds a little corny these days but I love the style

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5

Old schoo. awesome.

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5

I bought this when it came out because I loved Tennessee. I still have most of it memorized. I imagine it may sound corny or preachy to other people, but to me it sounds bravely spiritual, positive and pro-black. I love it and I think this album influenced my life in a positive way. The depth of samples on this record is sick. Speech may be the only MC ever who sounds happy (maybe MC Lyte?), and it's interesting to remember that you could have a bunch of dance tracks and still be a hip-hop record.

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4

The soul is too daunting of a frontier.

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4

That final song hit different. The album in itself is so diverse, though not specifically musically, but thematically.

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4

Old school beats with them good 90s vibes. Lookin for a throwback, this a chill one to throw on

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4

Hadde ikke hørt før, men bra tidlig hip hop!

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4

Another fantastic album that I would have never listened to otherwise, since the genre is not in my wheelhouse. A solid 4 stars.

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4

One of my first cassettes. It's interesting what seemed progressive at the time comes off as behind 30 years later.

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4

Classic hip hop

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4

Man I remember this one. This was a big one

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4

Liked it.

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4

Crazy! I listened to the song "Tennessee" a bunch as a kid, it never hit me that there would be a whole album from this group. This is really smooth alt-hip hop. It sounds '90s, but it also sounds different from the majority of '90s hip hop. It's very bright and accessible. So cool that this is on the list. Favorite tracks: Mr. Wendal, Tennessee, Raining Revolution, People Everyday, U. Album art: Really cool band photo, very spacious. Excellent color contrast between the dead grass and the blue sky. The font is nice too. 4/5

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J’aime la basse le flow et le mix de genre. C’est bon et 1hr a passe tres vite. 4.*

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ok

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4

Pure 90s sugar rush. Is it actually as good as it seems or just 90s nostalgia hitting.

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Puro Hip-Hop de los 90. Ha sido agradable volver a Mr. Wendall, People Everyday, Fishin'4 Religion o Tennessee.

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4

pretty good hiphop

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4

Compelling enough for me to want to listen to again, and I love the samples/beats throughout. 8

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4

Hip-hop muy funky

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4

decent but definitely had some boring parts. 7

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Love Tennessee!

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4

This was probably the first rap album I ever purchased - primarily due to the pop tune “Tennessee”. Its a really solid album and the early 90’s lyrics disappointingly hold up well in 2021. Good stuff.

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4

Really cool album, nice vibes. Shuffle meant I had to listen to it twice, which was fine by me. I've never listened to it before but recognised a couple of tunes. Influenced Outkast. I mean this one ticks a lot of boxes. 8.5/10

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4

Great vibes and Mr Wendell alone makes this v close to a five but falls just short cos cos I’ve been dishing out too many 5s of late

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I liked it. I liked it. A lot.

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it's real good

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4

Great listen, first time I've heard of Arrested Development

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4

Except for the radio hits “Mr. Wendal” and “Tennessee” I haven’t heard this album before. VERY pleasantly surprised, especially since this style of hip hop is my preferred style of hip hop. On my first listen I’d put it on the list of best rap albums from the 90s. It fits amongst Pharcyde, De La Soul and Tribe Called Quest. Nothing on this is bad or necessarily dated. It’s experimental and fun, the playful sample filled soundscape is ahead of its time. If this came out tomorrow I’d buy it as a retro styled rap album, feels contemporary somehow. I’m not going to give it the Coveted 5, but it’s very, very close, still an solid A for me.

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Saved Prior: None Saved Off Rip: People Everyday, Mr. Wendal, U, Dawn of the Dreads Cutting Edge: Tennessee Overall Notes: A pretty fun listen. Sometimes the sound gets a little too all over the place and the tone gets a little too preachy for me but still a good listening experience. A 3.5, but I'll round to a 4.

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4

Cool, thoughtful hip hop. Not aggressive or abrasive.

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4

And now the story of a wealthy rap group who lost everything and the one MC who had no choice but to keep them all together Loved this

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4

Very upbeat and catchy, enjoyed most of it! Skipped some repetitive parts.

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4

FUCK THIS IS GOOD! give a man a fish i mean damn.

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9th July 2021 Listened to this first thing in the morning while in bed and while getting ready to go to Costco. Absolutely loved it, had never heard of them before but reading about them they are an institution. Love the messages and positivity of the album.

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4

Love this album! Great music (Brother Larry on guitar really draws me into some of these songs), compelling words, cool production, all with such a sweet feel and positive energy.

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4

Another where I wish I has .5 stars, 3.5 felt perfect. Wasn't sure on if it was going to tip to 3 or 4 but a day later and it's a 4. Good variety, good bass lines. Between the background crowd and the left channel / right channel switching, a lot of interesting little flourishes throughout.

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4

Great stuff, perfect for the first hot day of spring. Reminds me of Fear of a Black Planet for some reason. 9

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4

trailblazers

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Liked it - particularly children play with earth

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4

good 90s hiphop. really funky and upbeat. I liked it

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4

Super groovy. I can see myself going back to this one.

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4

Classic 90s hiphop

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4

Mr. Wendal and Tennessee are really good songs. I like this old-school hip-hip.

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4

Really enjoyed this!

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4

Kolejny czarny pick, ale tym razem z calkowicie przeciwnego kranca spektrum murzynskiego rapu, bo 3 years, 5 months and 2 days in the life of... jest calkowitym przeciwienstwem fishscale od pana ghostface, a wiec czym jest, jeden z pionierskich materialow alternatywnego conscious rapu, ktory stara sie edukowac czarna spolecznosc w duchu panter i 5 procentowcow, ale jednak jest przy tym krytyczny, bo widzi w jakim kierunku zmierza spoleczenstwo czarnych braci, no i jak rozwija sie sama branza hip hopowa, gangsta rap lat 90 i 80, wiec album stara sie znalezc alternatywny storytelling, nie az tak wypelniony negatywnoscia wyscigu po kilo, ale innym spojrzeniem na czlowieka, a to ze wylosowalo taki material akurat obok fishscale pokazuje jak roznorodny potrafi byc ten gatunek. ale skad w ogole pomysl na taka plyte, arrested development to nie jest typowa hip hopowa banda, bo bardziej swoim skladem przypomina jakis jazzowy kolektyw, 20 czlonkow, bo wiekszosc instrumentow jest grana live, kilku inzynierow produkcji, chorkowe wokale, zwlaszcza rzenskie, oraz niesamowicie ciekawy duet Speech i Baba Oje, dwojka poznala sie podczas studiow na uniwerku wisconsin–milwaukee, co nie byloby niczym dziwnym, gdyby nie to ze pan Baba Oje w czasie gdy byl studenciakiem mial 57 lat, zostal on wsparciem duchowym bandy, tak ciekawej bandzie udalo sie po 3 latach 5 miesiach i 2 dniach dostac rekord dila i wypuscic plyte ktora zapiszac sie w historii hip hopu, nie byl to ich ostatni material, ale material z mtv unplugged czy Zingalamaduni nie sprzedaly sie juz tak dobrze i nie trafily do szerszego grona sluchaczy, nastepnie seria epkow, az do 2020 gdzie ponownie pojawili sie z pelnoprawnym albumem dont fight your demons, ale to wlasnie trzema rokami zasiali ziarno pozytywnych vibow, ktore wydalo plon, ktory zmienil gangsta rap i nadal mu nieco pozytywniejszego odcienia za sprawa ekip takich jak outkast, goodie mob czy nappy roots, plyta nie posiada za bardzo bengierow, bo jest spojna caloscia, gdzie kawalek przechodzi w nastepny, pan speech robi robote jako prawdziwy mistrz ceremonii, bo niektore kawalki brzmia praktycznie jak wyrwane z ambony i to nawet nie 5 procentowej, ale czarnej ambony jakiegokolwiek zgromadzenia majacego na celu poprawe sytuacji danej spolecznosci, z trakow ktore najbardziej do mnie trafily, to menelowy kawalek mr wendal, tennesee czyli kawalek o milosci do malej ojczyzny i jednoczesnie do ludzi bedacych jej czescia, ostatnim kawalekiem na plejke bedzie fishin 4 religion mowiacym o morzu ideii, religii, w ktorym latwo jest utonac, z poprzednich odsluchow mialem juz dodanego people everyday traktujacy o prowadzeniu sie czarnych braci, ktore tutaj pan speech karci jako niegodne czleka rozumnego, kolejny dobry pik, tylko czekam czym lista pokara za takie sluchanska

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4

A.D. has a unique, cool sound, and I like their philosophy. It's very chill, and the instrumentation on some of the songs was great, especially "Raining Revolution".

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4

Great album!

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4

10/1 Uplifting and conscious, definitely very old school and dated but a great album nonetheless. Standout Tracks: People Everyday, Mr. Wendal, Raining Revolution, U, Tennessee

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4

This was great fun

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4

This was super fun and classic 90s hip hop. Would definitely listen again and want to pay more attention. Good party music

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I thought this was great! So good and full of great messages, which I think are important to music because music is about communication, and this album communicates well

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4

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4

A few good bops on here

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4

First time listening to the whole thing. Their positivity is refreshing.

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4

leuk, niet alles even sterk tho

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4

Rating: 8/10

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4

My God another really enjoyable hip hop album. Hip hop has been my most neglected genre and the one that has given en the most pleasant surprises. This album sounds like classic Sly and the Famy Stone. I guess they're a rap group but they are just as much a funk band which works perfectly for me 4 🌟

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4

not my thing but it sounds great. mixed really well and the album flows. the music is very 90s but it doesn’t sound dated at all. all the songs are catchy and the track listing couldn’t be better

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4

This was one of the first albums I ever bought, which makes it really interesting to return to it after so long to try and fit it into the context of everything I've learned about music since that time. It certainly stands in stark contrast to the gangsta rap movement that was massively popular when this was released. Their use of funk samples in the big hits off of this album works really well. There are some nice harmonies on this album as well, and it would have been nice if they would have made more use of them 4/5

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4

Really love this, some of the sampling is top notch starting with the iconic guitar (I think) sound on Mama's Always on Stage. Boogying all the way through

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4

Strong, interesting lyrics, old school mix of actual musicianship and a heavy beat.

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4

I enjoy this type of "conscious" rap and it makes me nostalgic for the time period when it was a bigger part of the pop culture landscape.

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Morate poslušati People Everyday, Mr. Wendal i Tennessee - jednostavno klasici u mojoj knjizi. Naravno, ima još dosta dobrih stvari na albumu. Beatovi mi se isto dosta sviđaju, imaju tu pozitivnu energijicu gdje vuku glazbu iz afričkih korijena.

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4

The first CD I ever owned. It's way less musical than I tend to like now... highly rhythmic and sort of experimental sounding. But I have good memories from it.

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This is my first impression of Arrested Development, and if Spotify is to be trusted, it would also be the most reliable one. After this 1992 release, the group would only release another record in the 00s, but the quality of that work is, at the time of writing, unknown to this writer. This same writer who, up until this assignment, only knew Arrested Development to be the title of the acclaimed comedy show starring Jason Bateman. In summary, the slate for this group was a fresh one. "Fresh" would probably have been the vernacular used to describe this album during its release in 1992; the rhymes and cadences are very much in the line of Run-DMC, which would make sense given that they were probably contemporaries. Equally comfortable with the old school boom bap beats and funky guitar and piano lines, Arrested Development were a fun listen. Rounded off with female gang vocals and sung lines, this would be a fun weekend vibe kind of record. That's not to say that it's all snow cones and good times. Songs like Fishin' 4 Religion, Mr Wendal and Give A Man A Fish engage social topics that are still relevant to this day, like the questionable credibility of organized religion and homelessness. One would go so far as to give credit to Arrested Development for their delivery without dilution of their elucidations on the above. Definitely would revisit when the mood strikes.

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4

1/24/22

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4

This was a pretty decent and funky album.

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4

Love this. Took me back to a simpler time when both my hair and weed were plentiful!! Definitely be returning to this again.

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4

Terrific early 90s hip hop groove. Singles are much better removed from their overplayed-on-the-radio context. Solid album all around, regret not giving it more of a chance back in the day.

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Funky and so fresh in 1992. Does it hold up? Yeah, somewhat. I’ll give it an extra star for helping to get the Dirty South on the map.

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4

I don’t usually like hip-hop but I do like this album. It’s in my collection already.

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4

nice chill and relaxed. Liked the album quite a lot, a stark contrast to something like g funk

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4

Funny samples

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4

7/10 Best Song - Mr Wendal

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4

If you can get past the occasional preachiness then it's a very enjoyable and underrated hip-hop album.

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4

Love this alternative hip-hop from the late 80s and early 90s. Great beats, jazzier, super positive messages. This is a lot like the Native Tongues, which I love.

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4

Greta hip hop. Definitely hear the souther hip. Hop tones in it

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4

So nice to hear the conscious side to the hip hop culture. This album is far more musical than any hip hop album from that time with nice melodies, vocals, instrumentation, and sampled sounds. 2 great songs in Mr. Wendall and Natural. Overall, I enjoyed it and it deserved more than a 3.

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4

Enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would.

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4

Pretty damn good

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4

This album was very well put together. The themes are positive and important and the samples are fun and well crafted. I can see this album being a big influence on Common, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, and yes early Kanye. Having said all of that, aside from “dawn of the dreads”, which was my favorite track, it was missing that X factor that would make me want to listen to it again .

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4

70/100 so 3.5 stars loved the beats n the fun vibe. never heard before. some lyrics kinda corny tho

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4

Pretty fine!

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4

I enjoyed everything I heard from Arrested Development in the 90s, although I never sat down and listened to a full album. This music isn't mine. I like it, but it is speaking, very intimately, to an experience that I can't claim.

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Uplifting but chesy

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The cheese is a bit much sometimes, but the melodies more than make up for it. Major Ain't It Funny vibes on the opener. I'm not familiar enough with the history to know if it's accurate, but I have seen the Southern scene described as a cold war between East and West, with this group as one of the Eastern-inspired party. I can definitely get behind that characterization. This would be a good example of pop rap that's actually good to the hip-hop-skeptical. Also wild that it came out in '92.

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Heavy one week by barenaked ladies vibes. Not bad tho

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90s hiphop at its best, cool beats, sometimes goofy lyrics.

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amazing singles, the rest pretty much dated now

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This is my first time listening to AD... this album is very accessible to me, which is saying something. I also know nothing about hip hop in general, and I can see why this would catch on with a wider audience. I love the song Everyday People, so I dug the reference on People Everyday. Lyrically, the social themes come through strong and resonates a lot today. It does come off as a little holier-than-thou in some songs, but at the same time they were intentionally trying to make those statements, so it makes sense that it's more straightforward. I did find myself bobbing my head along to a lot of the songs unconsciously. I liked a couple of songs in the middle, and Tennessee as well. Overall, I found in enjoyable and while I probably won't revisit it, I'm happy I listened to it.

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Cool

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Took a few listens, but this is a fun album, with some great lyrics and catchy beats

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It was an interesting spoken-word / r&b album.

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5

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Meh. Had the tape, it was a soundtrack to 1992, but really didn’t age very well.

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Interesting to hear again. Socially aware old school early 90's hip-hop. Some good songs in there. Not really what I'm into, but it's good.

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It's like a collection of funky schoolhouse rock, or Hamilton if there were only a few catchy tracks. Props to Arrested Development for a meaningful albums, but most of the tracks are more interesting to listen to than enjoyable.

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Did I see them at Lollapalooza? That may have happened. Maybe. At any rate, I enjoyed listening to this. Perfectly pleasant. I could’ve sworn the tempo of “everyday people” was twice as fast as it apparently is, but other than that it’s an easy thing to have on in the background. And I was amazed to see they’ve been making records ever since. Will we see Digable Planets on this list???

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This was pretty cool for what it was

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I'm not familiar enough with the distinctions between genres of 80's and 90's hip hop to know how much of a departure this sound was, but I can say I really enjoyed it and would love to learn more about this from somone more versed in the hip hop scene and its history. || Three tracks (People Everyday, Mr. Wendell, and Give a Man to Fish) really stuck out. The rest was good, but likely not something I'd put on out of choice. Love the light beats and instrumentation ||

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Very 90s hip hop. Lots of brass and harmonica, made it feel sunnier than most of the same music from that decade

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Más hip hop... Bueno, pero no es mi estilo

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The first half of this is like a party where everyone has a bit too much energy and you want to go home. I much prefer the back half with its chill grooves and beats.

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Never heard of this group before and I'm surprised with all the hip hop I've been listening to from that era. I enjoyed this album, while not as much as, say, Tribe Called Quest, but it was still entertaining. Not as calming but upbeat and I was outside while I was listening so that helped. I think my favorite track was Mr Wendal. Very cool album art as well, glad to see the group playing outside.

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5. They forgot an oxford comma

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Good whilst its on but I probably wouldn't be in a rush to listen again.

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Didn't quite finish but it was good and groovy. 7

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Liked this

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Interesting album although hip hop/rap isnt really my thing. Enjoyed People Everyday

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Very enjoyable ***

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Heartfelt and a bit funky, I appreciate the positive messages. That said, some of the 90s type hip-hop style and trying-too-hard lyrics age poorly.

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Interesting and well done. Still not my thing.

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Uhhh Ik ben echt vergeten wat ik hiervan vond

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Lots of fun to listen to. It was cool to see the samples from Sly and the Family Stone after I listened to them earlier in this generator, especially on People Everyday Saved: People Everyday, Mr. Wendal

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pretty solid, don't know if I would go back and listen again tho, didn't save any but enjoyable nonetheless

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A couple of good songs but for the most part inconsistent. The message that Speech wants to deliver at times feels well intentioned but other times it comes out as kind of bigoted. Still, it probably was an important album to balance out the scene back when it was released, and it is far from a bad listen.

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Solid 90's hip-hop / R&B. You can see their similarities to other artists, but it was less reliant on major sampling.

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Ziemlich purer hiphop fand ich in weiten Teil gut

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Pioneers in southern Hip Hop. Empowering and introspective. Mr Wendal is so damn good and unfortunately holds up 30 years later. Unfortunately even though the message stays strong, a lot of the music serves as filler for an album that feels too long. Invokes De la Soul, ATCQ, etc but can't hang with other classics

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In Conclusione: E' stato un album controverso. Da una parte ho apprezzato certe soluzioni compositive e di arrangiamento, il groove è bello spinto e la voce mi piace che c'ha quel rap/cantato che di solito apprezzo. Sull'altro piatto della bilancia c'è il fatto che la produzione lascia davvero a desiderare, certi suoni so veramente General MIDI. Forse però la cosa che mi destabilizza di più è che il modo in cui sono costruiti i pezzi, il modo in cui sono espressi i concetti nei testi e il modo di cantare ricordano un po' tipo le chiese avventiste americane coi predicatori e i cori gospel. Infatti fino a quando non ho sentito "Fishin' 4 Religion" ero convinto fossero tipo christian hip-hop. In ogni caso almeno i testi mediamente c'avevano un senso e il disco m'ha anche divertito. Io direi un 2.5 ma promuovo a 3.

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A decent hip-hop album that ultimately doesn't leave you with much that's super memorable. I think it's mostly because the album feels dated, but I can see how it was something special when it came out.

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Fun old-school hip-hop/rap album. People Everyday has been sampled a few times at least, and was a decent song. Mr. Wendal was a fun listen as well.

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Rating: 6/10 Best songs: Mr. Wendal, Tennessee

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Non conoscevo gli Arrested Development e, pure essendo lontani dai miei gusti, ne sono rimasto piacevolmente colpito. Essendo ignorante in materia direi che preferisco sicuramente questo al "Gangsta-Mafia-Pompini-Rap" dell'altro giorno, ma forse confrontarli è sbagliato come associare un un filippino a un cinese: per un ignorante sono tutti uguali (che poi , per i filippini, noi occidentali siamo tutti americani! ..Chi è l'ignorante ora???! Vabbe' ma questo è un altro discorso). Concludo dicendo ciò che mi ha colpito maggiormente è stata la profondità di alcuni testi e il titolo dell'album. Bravi! Voto: 3

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Pretty fun album. I can see the influence on future southern hip hop. There's always money in the banana stand.

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Más Hip Hop, pero este fue distinto a todos los demás, me imagino que por viejito y sobre todo por diferente al Gangsta de la época. Hubo momentos que me gustaron y con buenos beats que hasta me tenían moviendo los pies.

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Se borró lo que estaba escribiendo y entonces voy a resumir. En cuanto a letras me pareció exagerado y muy religioso pero musicalmente es muy bueno, seguro lo vuelvo a poner para trabajar o hacer lanlimpieza

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Este es uno de esos discos que probablemente jamás hubiera escuchado de no ser por esta página. Me gustó que es hip-hop "buenaondita", con música "alegre" y que transmite buena vibra, y contrario a lo que generalmente se asocia al género (negros, drogas, autos, mujeres). El estilo musical del álbum me resulta similar al de los Beastie Boys, pero mucho más alegre. Me gustó escucharlo, en particular las canciones "U" y "Tennesee", pero no es mi género favorito y no me veo escuchando este disco muy seguido.

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Rap entretenido, muy agradable de escuchar. Al final se siente ligeramente repetitivo y perdió un poco de puntos para mi cuando sentí que escuchaba una y otra vez la intro de El Príncipe del Rap aunque recuperó puntos por los momentos donde parece ser influencia de Kasabian. Sólido 3 estrellas. Songs: Mama's Always on Stage, Give A Man A Fish

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hip hop. Un 3. sin más.

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Really wanted to love it. But some of the lyrics were 1. too righteous, 2. too goddy. Just felt it needed a bit more balance. Love some of the instrumentation, but overall it wasn't as good as I was hoping and I wouldn't listen to it as an album again.

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Okay. The usual.

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I like it, good mix not flat at all, excellent sampling and god themes.

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Loved Mr. Wendal as a still-relevant song about humanizing people in the homeless population. I also liked other songs such as Fishin' for Religion.

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Fun funky album!

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Quintessential 90's hip hop. I don't recall ever having heard of Arrested Development which is odd considering my affinity for 90's hip hop. But whatever, I thought this album was dope. Nothing great, but still funky and fun.

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Mr Wendall is a top tune, the rest not so top

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Had no idea what to expect going in, and I enjoyed it! Liked the blues inspiration on a lot of the tracks, lots of different sounds on this album, head boppin to most of them. Favourite songs: Mama's Always on Stage, Mr Wendel, Raining Revolution, Fishin' 4 Religion,

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I can respect this albums technique, but the classic sounding hip hop is not my personal style. Too frequent use of the record scratch sounds for me 3.5

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I was introduced to the track "Mr. Wendal" well after it was played on the radio, which led me to listen to the whole album to hear more from the band. I still like and occasionally listen to "Mr. Wendal" but I haven't listened to the album again until now. I like the album, probably more than I did the first time. Maybe I'll listen a 3rd time in the next 20 years.

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Musically a precursor to the fugees and lyrically sounding like a precursor to run the jewels.

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Catchy & positive songs:)

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What a nice little album with thoughtful lyrics and lively beats.

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Huh. An interesting time capsule. The version of People Everyday isn’t the hit single version which is both surprising and not at once.

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The single version of People Everyday, and Mr Wendal, are favourites from when I was 11. The rest of the album is pretty stink, dated and preachy. Those two tracks still sound cool though.

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Some good, some bad. It was alright.

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An interesting mix of genres between songs. Kind of goes a lot of places, but overall is competent classic hip-hop, I can respect the positive vibes. Lyrically some of it comes off a bit trite though, I appreciate the "anti-gangsta" mentality, it feels a bit superficial.

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Worth another listen

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Zvuk je jako zanimljiv, nisam baš čula nešto slično. No nije mi baš sjelo kao i veliki dio hiphopa.

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It’s an ok rap album. Felt kinda like an indie rap that isn’t as mainstream. A few songs were pretty good and would listen again. Overall though it didn’t really stand out and appeal to me. 5.8/10

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I understand that hip hop during this time was still in its infancy and continued to pay homage to the disc jockeys that pioneered the genre and Arrested Development does a great job of keeping that authentic sound. Unfortunately, due to how far hip hop has progressed in the last 20 years, this album can often feel dated. Lyrically, it deals with a lot of issues that the black working class dealt with (and still do) and while I appreciate the more positive attitude, the messages become more watered down and feel simplified to appeal to a wider (more white) audience. Not a fault on Arrested Development’s part, more a criticism towards a culture that punishes the oppressed for being angry about their oppression. Because of this issue, the lyrics can come across a bit cheesy. Overall I think the album is good example of classic hip hop had some good beats on it. Fave track: Give a Man a Fish Worst track: Natural

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Legal, mas não sei se é muito pra mim

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3.5 / 5

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Best Song: Fishin' 4 Religion. Lyrically kinda whack, but the heat behind that beat is undeniable. Worst Song: Natural. The lowkey production and slow delivery means the goofy lyrics have nowhere to hide. "Cause I want to travel with you Travel in your mind 'cause you seem like a virgin". Sure. Overall: A really tough album to review. The beats are the star here, providing a diverse range of groovy, dance-y rhythms. The vocal delivery is also spot-on, if not quintessentially '90s. It's just the lyrics that far too often stray from righteous topics of justice and solidarity into classic, early hip hop corniness and religious preaching. This album is better the less you listen to the lyrics.

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First Track goes hard, 90s injury reserve type beat

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Buena prehistoria

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Interesting beats. Melodically, it was a hit or miss. Lyrically creative. I'm not sure if this was my taste entirely, but I found myself fascinated to see what came next.

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Started great and then died off a bit

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Middle of the road

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Not my type of music, but pretty solid. 7/10.

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Bom.

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wel oké, maar niet zo m'n ding

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Not that bad

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ok

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This album was VERY fun. But I just didn't like it as much as some of the other rap that's been around so. I'm giving it a lower score. Sorry arrested development. you were better a show. But all the talking IS fun.

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It's fine.

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Slick, soulful and just not my thing.

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Not bad. Some good tracks and some bad. Don't think I'll be rushing back to it but it was a fun time.

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I liked this because it was socially positive and not vulgar or misogynistic. The only song I knew from the record was Tennessee, which I already liked. I liked how they blended in Sly Stone!

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A good example of a product of its time. Not just dated in terms of production, but represents a fervent desire for critics (and the masses) to embrace hip-hop - especially publications like The Village Voice. It is, today, imminently listenable, but simply very good, not great.

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I thought this was ok but no different sounding than any other early 90s rap album. I Liked people everyday and the flow in u was very creative for its time. But I feel like whoever made this list has never listened to rap and just asked their one 50 year old friend that used to listen to rap what albums they should put on and then blindly followed that.

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A welcome antidote to the relentless gangsta rap of the period.

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A fun discovery of 90s hip-hop with a positive spin, but didn’t grab quite as much as other 90s hip-hop artists.

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This one was okay. A few really cool 90s hip-hop/rap songs that were enjoyable, but generally not my favorite.

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They've got style apart from their music itself, but I'm not vibing with this album.

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gospel rap? Not my scene.

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Enjoyable. Not something I would ever listen to

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Not a big hip-hop fan, and the shouting bits are hard to listen to when I'm trying to work.

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Not my thing

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Doesn't quite hold up to it's legendary status, as I had hoped for. The jams still sound great, the message is still on point, but I wasn't as enthused as I thought I would be.

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I liked this well enough for the duration I listened to it - light, funky and lyrically quirky, but it lacks the snap and bite that I tend to enjoy in rap music. Nothing quite lodges in the mind for long enough to leave a lasting impact. Don't I sound grouchy? I've had a long day.

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bought this when it came out, loved it, and unfortunately it's aged really badly

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not my taste

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The lyrics and message are great, but I don't really love this style of 90s hip hop for some reason.

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I gave it a listen…. Blah….

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O Álbum parece ter uma temática interessante mas é ofuscado pelo gênero em que se encontra a meu ver. Continuo incapaz de apreciar rap, mas pela ideia vejo me obrigado a atribuir um 4 de 10. Nota:4/10

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Für HipHop gut hörbar

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eve of reality literally almost gave me a panic attack so that was hot. people everyday is my favorite track giving me eazy e SORRY. i’ve never heard anything like the album altogether but most of it felt too long tbh. i’m a fan of the anticapitalist vibes

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Jazzy, Scratch Heavy Hip Hop. Organischer Sound, Sampler gut eingesetzt. Bestimmt wichtig für Hip Hop und POC Kultur. Nicht schlecht aber letztendlich nicht meine Musik.

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🗣🗣🗣

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Faszinierend, aber sehr anstrengend!

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La copertina prometteva bene e anche l'inizio però ho perso interesse quasi subito. Questo stile vocale non mi è mai piaciuto, l'arrangiamento e la forma dei brani sono troppo confusionari. Alcune buone idee ma non è un disco che riascolterò.

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I enjoyed aspects of this album, it has very poignant meaning which also feels so relevant in today's world, but as an entire album I am not sure its for me. It reminded me of the Donald Glover stand up skit about old rap and buying a hat

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Not really my cup of tea...

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nao gostei mt nao

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This is...weird. There's not a lot more I can say. It doesn't quite click with me.

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Larga larga racha de hip-hop. Alguna vez hace mucho llegué a escuchar el nombre del grupo, incluso llegué a ver a su cantante (Speech) y me pareció alguien técnicamente bueno. Aparte de racha de hip-hop seguimos con esa corriente medio politicoide que trata de crear consciencia y alejarse de lo vacío del género. En este caso por un lado me parece que tengo que darle debido crédito; porque sea no no el primero en hablar de este tipo de temas, sin duda para 1991 no había casi nadie que lo hiciera y mucho menos nadie que llegara al alcance comercial que me parece tuvieron en su momento. El estilo musical no es malo; quizá no es mi máximo pero es bueno, la rima no es la cosa más compleja, los ritmos todavía medio arrastrados ochenteros pero sí con la introducción de cosas más africanas y me agrada que incluso de manera musical trata de tener una identidad. “Mr. Wendal”, “Man’s Final Frontier” y “Fishin’ 4 Religion” me parecen canciones bastante decentes. Mi problema es que aquí se llega a un nivel de sermoneo moralista gigante. Aquí si se sienten demasiado exageradas las ideas que quiere expresar, sí pensaba que se oía cursi partes de Like Water for Chocolate este se lo lleva de calle. No solo termina siendo sermón moralista épico sino que también siento que peca mucho en no poner atención o simplemente no pensar lo que se puso en el papel y termina incluso en casos sintiéndose hipócrita. No tiene sentido que en una canción digas “but he wouldn’t stop and I ain’t Ice Cube | but I had to take the brother out for being rude | and like I said before I was mad by then | It took three or four cops to pull me off of him” y al final de la misma canción salgas con que “The moral of the story is You better look very hard on who you step into | As you might get killed or shot and it’s not worth | Africans need to be loving each other and you know” O sea... no en todo caso tu moraleja de la historia era que aun cuando no queremos a veces la situación nos exige hacer cosas indeseables si quieres, pero ahora resulta que añades eso y te subes a un piso moral superior a todos nosotros a sermonear. Mientras tanto en el mismo disco donde la mitad hablas de amor y todos debemos ser superamigos tienes una canción que habla de una revolución con AK 47s y 9mm de pobres contra ricos... y tu punto de unión es... que se unen pobres blancos y negros a matar ricos? Para ser un grupo que supuestamente (y hasta el día de hoy) siempre ha intentado ser sobre el amor y respeto tiene letras hasta hipocritonas. Me dio mucha curiosidad escuchar el disco cuando vi que salió y aunque hubo cosas que disfruté el concepto moralista y la manera de implementarlo fueron demasiado para mí. Por un lado te satura con "ama a tu prójimo" a un nivel de ridiculez y por otro tiene versos que contradicen lo que acaba de poner. El mensaje termina entre cursi/vacío y borroso.

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Bouarf

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First listen. 2/5.

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Just not my thing.

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I remember these guys had a few hits when I was a kid, was pretty harmless rap/rnb. Ok yep still is. I've heard both better and worse, no strong feelings. It does go way too long though, and some of the lyrics are pretty cringey. 2/5.

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90-talshiphop. Ok

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Ended up getting bored. Not the worst but won’t listen again

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Det ska erkännas att detta var en konstig lyssning och därav kanske inte en otroligt accurate review. Jag lyssnade igenom det här albumet i flera sittningar med relativt stora mellanrum och känner att jag inte har suget att dra en riktigt genomlyssning igen. Men den känsla jag trots det ändå har är att det var ganska nice. Vissa gånger jag tar mig in i genren hip-hop så kommer vi inte överens på någon punkt alls. Denna gång kunde vi ändå föra en diskussion, det var inte bara folk som pratade fort i mina öron medan jag inte brydde mig. Jag har absolut ingenting emot att dra igång Arrested Development men om jag känner mig själv så är det heller inget som kommer slås igång igen.

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Not bad

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Un altre (i van...) dels suposats grans clàssics del hip hop que va deixant anar el seu minutatge sense pena ni glòria. 'Mr. Wendal' és una gran cançó, poc dubte hi ha... però la resta hip hop amatxambrat amb jazz, funk, reggae... interessant, però definitivament no essencial

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Too 1992.

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Literally never heard of Arrested Development at all. Kind of cool mix of hip hop genres and makes for ok background listening but I can't see myself ever revisiting it.

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Nice, reminds me of Avalanches. 3 Wtf is washed away Not a lot of content imo 2

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Dear Mr Wendel, I still don't understand why this list keeps serving me hip hop, I can't stand the genre

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This album is all over the place. Some parts profound, some parts very Captain Planet, other parts just really awkward. Perhaps this is just what early 90s hiphop/rap was going to be. However, there's a major theme of empowerment and a very healthy dose of political discourse as heard in "Give A Man A Fish", an even-handed critique of the welfare system not including education that would reduce its own version of recidivism. Spiritual references, Christian, Humanist, New Age, while looking for common grounds, sort of dampens the credibility of those with its respective followers. However, this album simultaneously criticizes the empty rhetoric of Baptist churches (profound, as it is a foundational element for AD apparently) and the lackadaisical view of the Baptist church by the US government in "Fishin' 4 Religion". Again, the album seemed all over the place but it has an enjoyable pace, a bright demeanor and at times some difficult commentary that are in fact worth hearing, agreed or not. If artists have a platform to stir the pot, provoke discourse, Arrested Development may have done a fine job and for many listeners, could be what they are looking for.

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Before Outkast came onto the scene to popularize southern hip-hop, there was Arrested Development. They formed in 1988, with "Speech" MCing and "Headliner" on turntables, and did performances in hopes to get signed. This took a little over 3 years. 3 years, 5 months, and 2 days to be exact.... This album is worth passing. Even with it's southern hip hop roots and high energy, the album bored me. Most everything on here feels flat and uninteresting.

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2.5

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Veritable Hits und recht zappelige Sozialkritik im recht papierdünnem Gewand 2.3

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Was a fun listen, but didn't really capture my attention.

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Nada especial

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not for me

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Ik houdt niet zo van rap, maar dit album heeft wel wat geinige melodie'tjes oftewel beats. Het is dan ook geen hardcore rap, maar wat meer commercieel in mijn ogen. **

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It was OK, but it didn't do it. I thought the production was all over the place tbh

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Monotone

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04/10/2022 Kinda annoying after a while... welp.

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Very similar to a electronic album: beats that don't amaze paired together with redundant lyrics. Obsolete album altogether

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I was excited to listen to this album because I remember really liking Tennessee and Mr. Wendell growing up. Turns out, my excitement was mostly for nostalgic reasons. I mean, the reggae/rap sound is fun. The motivational, Christian, political vibe is fine with me. But, the album didn't age well. Mr. Wendell is still a good song, and I'll give them a small bump because my over-excitedness is partially responsible for my disappointment.

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Got bored, it all sounds much too similar all the way through. Well, at least as far through as I got.

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Not as interesting as I'd hoped, not as much of a party album to make it fun.

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Just ok, but not really my type of thing. 2

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Look it's pretty good for a hiphop album, but man, i just do not enjoy hiphop

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Dull other than Mr Wendal. Didn't pay much attention to the lyrics but go the impression they were going on about god a lot which put me off.

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I can see why this album and its singles were popular at the time of release but it sounds incredibly dated by today's standards. It's not that the overall message is bad per se, but the delivery from Speech and the 90s production don't do enough beyond the cliché. In fact, the deeper message is surprisingly hateful toward black people who don't agree with his message, so it becomes an odd listen. This is not something I would ever return to.

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It's fine I guess. It just doesn't feel like an essential album to me. I like the live instrumentation and there's some solid messages to be found here but it ultimately just feels average at best. For fanatics of early 90's hip hop only.

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I should start declaring that Rap is not my kind of music. Having said that, the album does not like me. I just appreciate positively some rhythmic basses.

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Feel that you need a lot of background to understand the message for hiphop bands. Anyway, like the way that the lyrics are treated. Went to wikipedia and found this about the band Arrested Development is an American hip hop group that formed in Atlanta in 1988. It was founded by Speech and Headliner as a positive, Afrocentric alternative to the gangsta rap popular in the late 1980s. Baba Oje and frontman Speech met at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee when they were both students. Baba Oje was 57 years old at the time. About africanism Afrocentrism is an approach to the study of world history that focuses on the history of people of recent African descent. It is in some respects a response to Eurocentric attitudes about African people and their historical contributions. It seeks to counter what it sees as mistakes and ideas perpetuated by the racist philosophical underpinnings of Western academic disciplines as they developed during and since Europe's Early Renaissance as justifying rationales for the enslavement of other peoples, in order to enable more accurate accounts of not only African but all people's contributions to world history. Afrocentricity deals primarily with self-determination and African agency and is a Pan-African point of view for the study of culture, philosophy, and history.

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1*

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This is a long album of group rapping that isn't particularly good. 3/10.

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not my style of music but they sound talented

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Rubbish.

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Not for me. Knew after I'd pressed play that I'd made a huge mistake.

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Que los escuche su padre

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Begin jaren 90 hip hop van een band die probeerde hip hop vrolijker te maken. Als gevolg een album vol met titelnummers van Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

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No es mi tipo de musica de costumbre pero debo decir que es un disco escuchable

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I started to give a higher score, but I realized that I was grading it on a curve. The attempt to provide a counterpoint to gangsta rap is noble, but the execution is terrible. This album was dated when it came out, and it's way too on the nose. It couldn't be more on the nose if it was a pimple. That's some terrible wordplay, which is appropriate given the subject. Best track: Mr. Wendal

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Whew. I've got a lot of complaints about this. I'd say most songs on this record last at least one, sometimes two, minutes too long. Most of the time, it's a verse, repetitive chorus, then vibing to the beat for an additional minute. The DJ can be a little overbearing, sometimes scratching til that's all that's left of the beat. I appreciate the sentiments in some of the songs, but most of the time they're presented in some pretentious, preachy tones. Also, where a group like Tribe can have beats that sound like they're from a certain time but still be fresh, these beats sound dated and are, again, sometimes ruined by an over-ambitious scratch session. I found two tracks I enjoyed, but if I'm being honest, I would've turn the record off much earlier before I found em. Best left to the past. Favorite tracks: "Dawn of the Dreads", "Tennesse"

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Condescending rubbish

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Not for me

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Bad nope

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"In November 2003, the group sued the Fox network over the name of the TV show Arrested Development."

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