3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life Of... is the debut album by American hip hop group Arrested Development, released on March 24, 1992. The album's chart success was the beginning of the popularization of Southern hip hop. 3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life Of... stood in stark contrast to the gangsta rap that ruled the hip hop charts in 1992 (such as Dr. Dre's The Chronic), in its focus on spirituality, peace and love. The album's title refers to the length of time it took Arrested Development to get a record contract.The album is also included in Robert Dimery's book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The song "Tennessee" is part of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list.Wikipedia
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.
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
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
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.
super good 90s hiphop. Uplifting, funky, reminded me of Tribe Called Quest, and that's always a good thing
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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+
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
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.
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).
Bare drit. Helt jævlig U-land rap.
Really good album; I feel like it mixes genres a little bit and does it well.
Fantastic album! Really enjoyed this one
Gives me tribe vibes, good raps, political and not gangster
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.
I'm really glad I listened to this. I have to come back to it to digest it some more.
Excellent album. Great track called Mr wendal brings back some great memories.
Another fave album. So many great tunes. And a hip hop album that had a true conscious message to deliver.
SAVORY WHOLESOME HIP HOP
What a banger!
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.
ну нормальный хепхап, слушатебельно и интересно, мягкий вокал, биты, инструменты, всё есть и всё збс
Bops from start to finish. What a fun album.
I take it to my hart️ 🎶
yes, dit zijn mijn soort albums..prachtig...i am everyday people
Incredible stuff, surprised I’ve never heard of them before.
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
loved it obv
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."
This is pretty tight. Harmonicas are amazing.
Extremely good and refreshing. Interesting beats, bass lines, lyrics, rhythms.
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
Old schoo. awesome.
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.
This was one of my first albums, I made my dad buy it on tape and listened to it in his car 30 years ago. I had pretty good taste as an 11 year old, coz this is a great album. It has some of the best live instrumental music I’ve heard in hip hop, Speech’s flow/tone/delivery are all very nice but the content is what makes this stand out. I’m tempted to breakdown each song’s messages and meaning here, but it would turn into quite an essay. Simply to say that even De La Soul aren’t rapping about their childcare issues, the positive aspects of a homeless life style or saying preachers dying is the only solution. The production does get a little muddy at times and it can feel a bit crusty towards the end, but it’s a really unique piece of work and I wish there was more hip hop like this.
Groundbreaking, huge step-change in Hip Hop & Rap. Still sounds fresh as today.
Some absolute tunes -- writing this a weekend after listening so I can't recall many details but overall a fun and interesting listen. 90/100 gecs
I loved it then and love it now. I saw as a kid how it was different from the rest of the music out there, that they were a unique and hopeful voice. Every band with a message, even if it’s an upsetting message deserves to be heard.
I love this album so much.
This was the first real album I listened too and thought 'wow there's something here for me'. You see, a 13 year old from North London wanted to love gangsta rap, but, you know.... Mr Wendal sounded wise. Everyday People had my music in it. This was something else and it still sounds amazing
One likes a hip-hop record that has a smile on its face even when exploring substantive issues (e.g., slavery, sexism). Indeed, there’s a mellow ebullience and (perhaps Southern) sweetness here – see the loose hopefulness of “Mr. Wendal” and “Washed Away,” with beats that are smooth and accessible and gently (not violently) infectious. The seriousness of intent and themes (“Mama always on stage” and “Give a man a fish…/Teach a man to fish”) bind the record coherently and make it considerably more than ear candy (without being excessively preachy or angry or programmatic). It’s deep and thoughtful as much as it’s fun and musical – consider how the danciest track might be “Vision for Religion” and the biggest hit was a debate with God about manumission. Still sounds fresh and relevant, which makes it even more mystifying that they did little else after this. (Rounding up because they really shouldn't have been a one-hit wonder.)
This really holds up.
FIVE STARS. I don't even know where to start. This album has just about everything I want from music, not least that it appeals instantly as well as rewarding repeat listening and closer attention. Awesome grooves and hooks with interesting development/improv, AND lyrics that inspire and provoke. In the last decade or so I'd forgotten just how much I like it, and will absolutely be putting it back on rotation...if I ever make it through the 990-odd other albums!
Ég held þetta sé uppáhalds hip hop platan sem ég hef kynnt mér. Stanslaust partý frá upphafi til enda!
People Everyday amd Mr Wendell on the same album = 5*s
Posi hip-hop. Good.
Ohhh I love this album! I bought it twice. I love the slower version of People Everyday, Mama is Always on Stage is my favorite on the album. Good music, good message, just a good vibe all the way through
What a find!!!
Finally some hip-hop/rap that I can enjoy unequivocally! I loved this album when it came out in the 90’s and it has remained one of my favorites ever since. Positive message. Incredible beats. Absolutely great! After enduring other 90s rapper’s terrible treatment of women and the gays (side-eye to Ice Cube), it is refreshing to hear some positivity a pro-people perspective. I love this album!
My super-cool housemate had this CD back in the 90s. I hadn't heard it in decades. It's still great. Wonderful to hear it again.
I have listened to this album MANY times in my life and I love it. This was an album that I have recommended to many too. I love it!! I am thankful for this album today.
This was a breath of fresh air. Strong messages of empowerment to a good beat.
The soul is too daunting of a frontier.
That final song hit different. The album in itself is so diverse, though not specifically musically, but thematically.
Old school beats with them good 90s vibes. Lookin for a throwback, this a chill one to throw on
Hadde ikke hørt før, men bra tidlig hip hop!
Another fantastic album that I would have never listened to otherwise, since the genre is not in my wheelhouse. A solid 4 stars.
One of my first cassettes. It's interesting what seemed progressive at the time comes off as behind 30 years later.
Classic hip hop
Man I remember this one. This was a big one
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
J’aime la basse le flow et le mix de genre. C’est bon et 1hr a passe tres vite. 4.*
Pure 90s sugar rush. Is it actually as good as it seems or just 90s nostalgia hitting.
Puro Hip-Hop de los 90. Ha sido agradable volver a Mr. Wendall, People Everyday, Fishin'4 Religion o Tennessee.
pretty good hiphop
Compelling enough for me to want to listen to again, and I love the samples/beats throughout. 8
Hip-hop muy funky
decent but definitely had some boring parts. 7
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.
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
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
I liked it. I liked it. A lot.
it's real good
Great listen, first time I've heard of Arrested Development
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.
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.
Cool, thoughtful hip hop. Not aggressive or abrasive.
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
Very upbeat and catchy, enjoyed most of it! Skipped some repetitive parts.
FUCK THIS IS GOOD! give a man a fish i mean damn.
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.
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.
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.
Great stuff, perfect for the first hot day of spring. Reminds me of Fear of a Black Planet for some reason. 9
Liked it - particularly children play with earth
good 90s hiphop. really funky and upbeat. I liked it
Super groovy. I can see myself going back to this one.
Classic 90s hiphop
Mr. Wendal and Tennessee are really good songs. I like this old-school hip-hip.
Really enjoyed this!
Reminiscent of Tribe Called Quest
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
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".
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
This was great fun
This was super fun and classic 90s hip hop. Would definitely listen again and want to pay more attention. Good party music
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
A few good bops on here
First time listening to the whole thing. Their positivity is refreshing.
leuk, niet alles even sterk tho
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 🌟
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
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
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
Strong, interesting lyrics, old school mix of actual musicianship and a heavy beat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This was a pretty decent and funky album.
Love this. Took me back to a simpler time when both my hair and weed were plentiful!! Definitely be returning to this again.
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.
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.
I don’t usually like hip-hop but I do like this album. It’s in my collection already.
nice chill and relaxed. Liked the album quite a lot, a stark contrast to something like g funk
7/10 Best Song - Mr Wendal
If you can get past the occasional preachiness then it's a very enjoyable and underrated hip-hop album.
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.
Greta hip hop. Definitely hear the souther hip. Hop tones in it
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.
Enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would.
Pretty damn good
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 .
70/100 so 3.5 stars loved the beats n the fun vibe. never heard before. some lyrics kinda corny tho
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.
pretty good 90s rap album
Great album. Really fun production and the messaging is very interesting.
Don’t remember it being this good!
Hard to believe it's been 30 years since this album came out. I've never been a big hip hop fan, but I can't help but love this album. It's like Sly and the Family Stone meets hip hop. Great debut album. 4 stars.
This album reminded me that I need to go back and listen some more older rap albums. Obviously, Tennessee is a banger, but I really enjoyed Mr. Wendal and Mama's Always On Stage as well.
Knew that one jam!
Pretty straight forward “positive” rap from the 90s. It’s a lot of fun, though not something I’d really go out of my way to listen to again.
Enjoyed this a lot. Varied tracks with good beats and inspiring lyrics.
This album covers so many topics and does them so well. An extremely enjoyable listen
Seems a bit dated now, but really gets in your head. Mr. Wendal is a great song.
I am still thirsty
I’ve owned & loved the single Tennessee/People Everyday for years. When I owned a jukebox, it was often on it. But I’d never heard the rest of this album before. It’s such a great listen. There’s a positivity about it that is missing from a lot of hip-hop released in the 30 years since this came out. There’s not a dud track on it. And so much of it is made to dance to - Mama’s Always On Stage, Give A Man A Fish, Mr Wendal. And the flow of the tracks is terrific. I loved it.
Knew and liked Tennessee. Good band but not my thing.
That's just lovely - On a busy morning, this made everything that bit easier. Love the album version of Everyday People, which I don't know if I've heard before. And of COURSE Mr Wendal!
I really like this album. Reminds me of a gentler Public Enemy.
Hated it as singles - but loved it as an album.
While I don't have a particular song to add to the playlist from this album, I enjoyed it quite a bit. I think I've realized that I enjoy the arrested development, Lauryn Hill type of 90s hip hop more than the Tupac, BIG type. For this album though, I really liked the interesting, inventive production and catchy beats. Also, any song that talks about revolution makes me happy in albums like this.
Eerste helft prima, 2e helft matig
Love this album. Not my usual fare but has been a regular listen for a long time. Outside the singles I really enjoy Mamas always on stage and Fishin 4 religion are the jam. Well worth checking out.
Great listen - lots of tunes I didn't even know was them
Love 90s hip hop.
A mix of hip hop, funk, and soul. The album touches on oppression by the system and how the fight for equality won’t end with just one generation. Relevant themes when it was released and now as well
Fresh and funky hip-hop, with slick rhymes and some super groovy basslines. Slight deficit of bombast which for me makes it 4/5 rather than a solid 5/5.
Loved this in 92, haven't listened in forever. Really still pretty good.
I liked it, was basic at times and no particular songs stood out but it was consistent and a good listen.
Listened Before? N Great album. Good positive take on rap at a time when gangsta rap was dominating. I remember these days well, and I always liked these songs until they became overplayed. Now it's been long enough and I'm ready for it again. Well structured, and well performed. Added to Library? N Songs added to playlist: People Everyday
I think this is great. Haven't relistened yet but I'm sure it will have stood the test of time.
80/100: Shockingly fantastic album. I knew nothing going into this one, I wasn't even aware of what genre I was about to dive into. I love the specific sect of rap created in this album. I don't really know how to define it, although Wikipedia calls it "alternative hip-hop." I guess that's probably a fair way to classify it, this album does feel alt/indie-y in the rap realm. Either way, however you classify it, this was a fun and energetic listen. Specifically, the sogns "People Everyday" and "Mr. Wendal" absolutely blew me away. "People Everyday" for its creative and fresh sampling of "Everyday People" and fantastic melody and beat, and "Mr. Wendal" for the though-provoking lyrics. I'd love to explore Arrested Development in the future, because this album indicates a real talent that I'd expect to extend to all of their music.
Uplifting but chesy
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.
Heavy one week by barenaked ladies vibes. Not bad tho
90s hiphop at its best, cool beats, sometimes goofy lyrics.
amazing singles, the rest pretty much dated now
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.
Took a few listens, but this is a fun album, with some great lyrics and catchy beats
It was an interesting spoken-word / r&b album.
Meh. Had the tape, it was a soundtrack to 1992, but really didn’t age very well.
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.
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.
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???
This was pretty cool for what it was
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 ||
Very 90s hip hop. Lots of brass and harmonica, made it feel sunnier than most of the same music from that decade
Más hip hop... Bueno, pero no es mi estilo
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.
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.
5. They forgot an oxford comma
Good whilst its on but I probably wouldn't be in a rush to listen again.
Didn't quite finish but it was good and groovy. 7