While young hip-hop fans have to make do with the likes of Li’l Wayne, Rick Ross and Nikki Minaj, there are some fans both young and not so young who yearn for the days when mainstream hip-hop had more social consciousness. Twenty years ago, a group called Arrested Development hit the scene and their brand of Southern-fried conscious hip-hop resonated with their fans. Sadly, as detailed in their new “Unsung” the group was forced apart by pressures both internal and external. Speech reveals that the group was put together somewhat strategically, including a singer and an older man to separate it from the gangsta rap groups that were dominating the music scene.


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