This Atlanta-based group found major mainstream success with their 1992 debut album 3 Years, 5 Months, And 2 Days In The Life Of.... Merging positive, upbeat vibes with intelligent, socio-political lyricism, their infectious brand of friendly Funk sold millions of records and won them two Grammys. Fueled by the hits "Tennessee" and "Mr. Wendel," Arrested Development seemed to have it all. They released a follow-up in 1994, Zingalamaduni, but it didn't match the critical or commercial impact of their first effort. Leader/emcee Speech released a solo album in 1996, and in the ensuing decade the group has reunited for occasional tours and albums like Heroes of the Harvest.
Arrested Development Concert Films
Runtime: 1 hr 33 minArrested Development, Atlanta's break-out progressive rap group, hits the stage in Tokyo in this live release, recorded smack in the middle of their heyday. Still riding the success of their 1992 debut 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of..., the band plays to a packed house of international fans, offering up an energetic set of smart, political rap.
Arrested Development Top Tracks
Live in Montreux
Runtime: 1 hr 6 minRun DMC were one of the true pioneers of rap music. Formed in the early eighties they had a string of hit singles and multi-platinum albums through the decade which helped to define the sound of contemporary rap music. They also pioneered the crossover with rock and pop typified by their worldwide hit Walk This Way, which they recorded with Aerosmith. This concert at Montreux in 2001 was one of the last they performed before the tragic death of Jam Master Jay in 2002.
Live at The Metro Theatre
Runtime: 1 hr 41 minPublic Enemy, also known as PE, is an influential hip hop group from Long Island, New York, known for its politically charged lyrics, criticism of the media, and active interest in the concerns of the African American community. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Public Enemy number forty-four on its list of the Immortals: 100. Here, the group performs at The Metro Theatre, in Sydney, Australia, on December 27, 2008.
93 'Til Infinity
Souls of Mischief
Runtime: 1 hr 33 minTil Infinity is a full length documentary celebrating the twenty year anniversary of the critically acclaimed Souls of Mischief album 93 Til Infinity With over 50 interviews with notable MC's, producers and DJ's Til Infinity offers a retrospective and in-depth look at the famed Hieroglyphics crews landmark 1993 debut album Oakland California filmmaker Shomari Smith interviewed the entire Hieroglyphics collective while traveling across the country to capture intimate dialog with hip hop notables.
In Session 2003
Runtime: 16 minTalib Kweli performs live at the intimate In Session in 2003. The Session features performances of his hits; Good To You,” “Get By” and; the Blast.” The Session concludes with an interview with Talib Kweli.
Live at the Gramercy Theater 2014
Runtime: 60 minLonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., better known by his stage name Common, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, poet and film producer. He maintained a significant underground following into the late 1990s, after which he gained notable mainstream success through his work with the Soulquarians. This intimate live performance gives the fans the chance to see him perform live at Gramercy Theater.
Me Myself and I
De La Soul
Runtime: 55 minWith their clever, surrealistic lyrics, inventive use of sampling and incorporating an eclectic mix of reggae, funk, jazz, fashion and psychedelia into their sound, New York-based DE LA SOUL are one of the most original and influential groups on the hip hop scene. Singing about peace and love rather than about sleaze and violence like most of their considerably more hardcore rap contemporaries, De La Soul come across as modern day hippies, an image which found favor with rock audiences. Hailed on their arrival on the scene in 1989 as the future of hip hop, De La Soul were quickly perceived as the leaders of a contingent of New York-based alternative rappers who dubbed themselves The Native Tongues Posse. This movement for a while looked as if it was going to eclipse hardcore hip hop in terms of popularity. This concert, filmed at the 1997 Lokerse Festival, features their hits 'Me, Myself And I' (with its sample of Funkadelic's '(Not Just) Knee Deep'), 'Ring, Ring, Ring' and 'Breakadawn'.