Sunday, June 25, 2017

Poor Little Music Boy Cover

If I had to pick a favorite Speech solo song, it'd have to be "Poor Little Music Boy" (particularly the live version from Speech's Best). Here's a fun version of the song by Nomakosazana and Uli Lenz from their album Art of the Duo, Tenderness that I found while playing around with my Amazon music app. Enjoy!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Speech Jailed

I can't think of a better story to kick off this blog again--Speech has been jailed, peeps. Behind cold, hard steel.

To work on a new album. No, really.
Speech, the stage name of Todd Thomas, is in Richmond recording Arrested Development’s next album at the jail. He’s using the studio, which has been there since the jail opened in 2014, but mostly he’s there for the talent and inspiration.

“When we got here, I didn’t know how talented or untalented any of the residents were going to be,” he says. “It’s been part of the journey to really interact with them and learn how talented they are. I’ve just been floored by it.”
Sounds very intriguing for a multitude of reasons. Check out the rest of the story here!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Real Love Instrumental

Got a really cool request for a repost of the Real Love Instrumental, so here it is. Now why is it cool you may ask? It's because the person who requested it, posting as Art Challuunge, used "Real Love" as their wedding song and he wants to use it as part of an anniversary gift for his wife.

So, very cool.

This instrumental was actually ripped from a vinyl release by my buddy Christian, who then uploaded them to share. Not sure I ever saw this blog as being able to have an impact on cool moments like this before. I love it.

As far as Arrested Development and Speech, I am simply waiting for the official release of Splash to hit, as well as a One Love solo album which I know a lot of AD fans are excited about. Hopefully we will hear more on those projects soon!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Up Again

I posted this before but managed to screw up the embedded link, so here we go again! Here is "Up" the first single from the new AD album Splash.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Latest From Dionne Farris

While I don't believe Dionne Farris was ever an "official" member of Arrested Development, AD fans will always have a special place in their heart for her work on "Tennessee." She has released a number of projects in the years since, including, of course, the smash hit "I Know" (which I have below in case you somehow missed that hit years ago) from her album Wild Seed, Wild Flower. Anyway, I found this and thought I would share--she is working on a duo album with Charlie Hunter. Details can be found here at their Pledge Music page.

Friday, June 27, 2014

New AD Video "Out to the World"

I'm a tad bit late on this, but maybe you are too--so here's the new video from Splash called "Out to the World"! I'm still digesting the new album, which was released briefly last week in a special pre-release promotion, but so far this is probably my favorite song. Really love the background vocals on it.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Fantastic AD Article

Here is a great article on what Arrested Development is currently up to from Rhyme Junkie. Yes, it touches a bit on how they've been out of the mainstream and so forth like most articles about the group, but it doesn't dwell on it and goes much further. I really like this paragraph--I think the phrase "positive rap" is a misnomer for a lot of music labeled as such. A better term might be productive rap rather than "destructive" rap.

They were making songs that sounded upbeat, but didn’t necessarily have upbeat lyrics to go along with it. “Tennessee” is about the death of Speech’s grandmother. “Mr. Wendal” is about a homeless guy. “People Everyday” is about getting into a fight while on a date.

In case you missed it above, here's another link. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Arrested Development App

I'm not huge on technology, truth be told, but apparently there are these things out there called Apps. You may have heard of them. Well, Arrested Development has one, and it is pretty good as far as I can tell. I really couldn't tell you the difference between a bad one and a good one but this one has all I could want from an app for a music group or artist. There's links to news, social media updates (seen above), and so forth, plus all the hits and more from both the group and Speech. But most exciting is that last I looked they had three new songs posted from the forthcoming album Splash. So if Apps are your thing, I highly recommend getting this one.

For Apple devices, go here.

For Androids, go here

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

New AD Single "Up"

It's here! "Up", the first single from the upcoming Arrested Development album Splash. Check it out at the link below!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Eshe Solo Song: "You Make Me Wanna"

Somehow I missed this one--released early last year, here is the second solo song from Eshe called "You Make Me Wanna" featuring Omari Hardwick. It has a good vibe to it and I think most AD fans will enjoy it.

Eshe has also released a song titled "So Gone" which is available now on itunes and Amazon. There isn't a video yet, but as soon as there is I will post it here. Here is a link to her press release on that single along with details on what else she has been up to.