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Widely adored when it appeared in 1992, Arrested Development's debut album, 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of... seemed to herald a shining new era in alternative rap, when audiences and critics of all colors could agree on the music's importance. Of course, that didn't happen, as Dr. Dre instead took gangsta rap to the top of the charts with The Chronic. In retrospect, 3 Years... isn't quite as revolutionary as it first seemed, though it's still a fine record that often crosses the line into excellence. Its positive messages were the chief selling point for many rock critics, and it's filled with pleas for black unity and brotherly compassion, as well as a devotion to the struggle for equality. All of that is grounded in a simple, upbeat spirituality that also results in tributes to the homeless (the hit "Mr. Wendal"), black women of all shapes and sizes, and the natural world. It's determinedly down to earth, and that aesthetic informs the group's music as well. Their sound is a laid-back, southern-fried groove informed by rural blues, African percussion, funk, and melodic R&B. All of it comes together on the classic single "Tennessee," which takes lead rapper Speech on a spiritual quest to reclaim his heritage in a south still haunted by its history. It helped Arrested Development become the first rap group to win a Grammy for Best New Artist, and to top numerous year-end critical polls. In hindsight, there's a distinct political correctness -- even naïveté -- in the lyrics, which places the record firmly in the early '90s; it's also a bit self-consciously profound at times, lacking the playfulness of peers like the Native Tongues. Nonetheless, 3 Years... was a major influence on a new breed of alternative Southern hip-hop, including Goodie Mob, OutKast, and Nappy Roots, and it still stands as one of the better albums of its kind.
© Steve Huey /TiVo

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1
Man's Final Frontier
00:02:39

Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Arrested Development, MainArtist - Speech, Composer, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alvin Speights, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1992 Capitol Records, LLC ℗ 1992 Capitol Records, LLC

2
Mama's Always On Stage
00:03:25

Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Junior Wells, Composer - Arrested Development, MainArtist - Speech, Composer, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alvin Speights, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Buddy Guy, Composer

(C) 1992 Capitol Records, LLC A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 1992 Capitol Records, LLC

3
People Everyday
00:03:27

Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Arrested Development, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Speech, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alvin Speights, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1992 Capitol Records, LLC ℗ 1992 Chrysalis Records Inc.

4
Blues Happy
00:00:46

Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Arrested Development, MainArtist - Speech, Composer, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alvin Speights, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1992 Capitol Records, LLC ℗ 1992 Capitol Records, LLC

5
Mr. Wendal
00:04:06

Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Arrested Development, MainArtist - Speech, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alvin Speights, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sly Stone, ComposerLyricist - Todd A Thomas, ComposerLyricist

(C) 1992 Capitol Records, LLC A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 1992 Capitol Records, LLC

6
Children Play With Earth
00:02:39

Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Arrested Development, MainArtist - Speech, Composer, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alvin Speights, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Timothy Barnwell, Composer

(C) 1992 Capitol Records, LLC ℗ 1992 Capitol Records, LLC

7
Raining Revolution
00:03:56

Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Arrested Development, Composer, MainArtist - Speech, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alvin Speights, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1992 Capitol Records, LLC A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 1992 Capitol Records, LLC

8
Fishin' 4 Religion
00:04:10

Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Arrested Development, Composer, MainArtist - Speech, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alvin Speights, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1992 Capitol Records, LLC A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 1992 Capitol Records, LLC

9
Give A Man A Fish
00:04:23

Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MINNIE RIPERTON, Composer - Arrested Development, MainArtist - Speech, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alvin Speights, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Todd Thomas, Composer - Timothy Barnwell, Composer - Dick Rudolph, Composer

(C) 1992 Capitol Records, LLC A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 1992 Capitol Records, LLC

10
U
00:05:02

Dionne Farris, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Larry Jackson, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Dylan, Composer - Arrested Development, MainArtist - Speech, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alvin Speights, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Still, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Mauldin, Producer, Executive Producer

(C) 1992 Capitol Records, LLC ℗ 1992 Capitol Records, LLC

11
Eve Of Reality
00:01:42

Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Arrested Development, MainArtist - Speech, Composer, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alvin Speights, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1992 Capitol Records, LLC ℗ 1992 Capitol Records, LLC

12
Natural
00:04:30

Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurice White, Composer - Philip Bailey, Composer - Arrested Development, MainArtist - Speech, Producer, Executive Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alvin Speights, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Still, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Todd Thomas, Composer - A.P Mackay, Composer - Michael Mauldin, Producer, Executive Producer

(C) 1992 Capitol Records, LLC A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 1992 Capitol Records, LLC

13
Dawn Of The Dreads
00:05:18

Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Arrested Development, MainArtist - Speech, Composer, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alvin Speights, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1992 Capitol Records, LLC ℗ 1992 Capitol Records, LLC

14
Tennessee
00:04:32

Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Arrested Development, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Speech, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alvin Speights, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1992 Capitol Records, LLC A Capitol Records Release; ℗ 1992 Capitol Records, LLC

15
Washed Away
00:06:23

Howie Weinberg, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Arrested Development, MainArtist - Speech, Composer, Producer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alvin Speights, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1992 Capitol Records, LLC ℗ 1992 Capitol Records, LLC

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Widely adored when it appeared in 1992, Arrested Development's debut album, 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of... seemed to herald a shining new era in alternative rap, when audiences and critics of all colors could agree on the music's importance. Of course, that didn't happen, as Dr. Dre instead took gangsta rap to the top of the charts with The Chronic. In retrospect, 3 Years... isn't quite as revolutionary as it first seemed, though it's still a fine record that often crosses the line into excellence. Its positive messages were the chief selling point for many rock critics, and it's filled with pleas for black unity and brotherly compassion, as well as a devotion to the struggle for equality. All of that is grounded in a simple, upbeat spirituality that also results in tributes to the homeless (the hit "Mr. Wendal"), black women of all shapes and sizes, and the natural world. It's determinedly down to earth, and that aesthetic informs the group's music as well. Their sound is a laid-back, southern-fried groove informed by rural blues, African percussion, funk, and melodic R&B. All of it comes together on the classic single "Tennessee," which takes lead rapper Speech on a spiritual quest to reclaim his heritage in a south still haunted by its history. It helped Arrested Development become the first rap group to win a Grammy for Best New Artist, and to top numerous year-end critical polls. In hindsight, there's a distinct political correctness -- even naïveté -- in the lyrics, which places the record firmly in the early '90s; it's also a bit self-consciously profound at times, lacking the playfulness of peers like the Native Tongues. Nonetheless, 3 Years... was a major influence on a new breed of alternative Southern hip-hop, including Goodie Mob, OutKast, and Nappy Roots, and it still stands as one of the better albums of its kind.
© Steve Huey /TiVo

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